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How To Say ‘Mess’ in Irish: 14 Ways (and Counting), Starting with ‘praiseach’ Posted by on Sep 12, 2017

(le Róislín) In the most recent blogpost (nasc thíos), we looked at several Irish words for “mess,” inspired by thinking about the phrase “dog’s dinner,” which can either mean “food for dogs,” literally, or “a mess.”  And that was inspired by listening to some radio commentary about Brexit (and btw, do you remember the Irish…

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When Is a Dog’s Dinner Not a ‘Dog’s Dinner’?: Some Irish Vocabulary Notes for “Mess” Posted by on Sep 7, 2017

(le Róislín) I recently heard some commentary on the radio equating the plans for Brexit (Breatimeacht) with a dog’s dinner.  And that got me thinking about another use of caint fháthchiallach / mheafarach, since we talked about the issue in the latest post (nasc thíos). Although “dog’s dinner,” as such, is not a traditional metaphorical…

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Three Ways to Say “Keeping Your Nose to the Grindstone” in Irish without Using the Words for “Nose” or “Grindstone” –  Is é sin a rá, cora cainte atá difriúil ar fad i bhfoclaíocht ach mar a gcéanna (beagnach) i gciall Posted by on Aug 31, 2017

(le Róislín) In the most recent blogpost (nasc thíos), we did some discussion of noses (sróna) and grindstones (clocha líofa), which led to an interesting vocabulary work-out.  In today’s post, we’ll actually look at some more traditional ways of saying “to keep your nose to the grindstone,” none of which mention noses or grindstones.   This…

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Sróna, Próboscais, Clocha Líofa agus Oighinn: The Irish for ‘Noses,’ ‘Proboscises,’ ‘Grindstones,’ and ‘Ovens,’ and Why This Selection! Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

(le Róislín) So what’s the connection between the four Irish terms in the title of this blogpost, most of which were introduced in recent posts (naisc thíos) Well, first let’s translate the title, and that will make some of it clear. sróna, noses próboscais, proboscises.  By the way, I did look in several Irish dictionaries…

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Vocabulary Round-up from ‘More Irish Numbers Practice: Orduimhreacha i dTeidil Scannán’ (Cuid/Part 2) Posted by on Aug 26, 2017

  (le Róislín) Here, as promised, is the second batch of words from the blogpost practicing ordinal numbers by using examples from movie titles (nasc thíos).  As you might recall, the movie Muiscít ar an Deichiú hUrlár (bunteideal i Seapáinis: Jukkai no mosukîto, 1983) was one of the most unusual, offering a workout with the orduimhir, the…

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