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Six more Irish words ending in ‘-íceach/-ící’ on topics ranging from algae to spiked hair Posted by on Aug 31, 2018

(le Róislín) As promised last time, here are the remaining words I have been able to find that end in “-íceach.”  These are aidiachtaí cineálacha (generic adjectives), not eatnainmneacha (ethnonyms) like we saw in the previous blogpost (nasc thíos). Just for a quick review, here are the ethnonyms from the last blogpost again but with…

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Irish Words ending with ‘-íceach’ and sometimes ‘-ícigh’ or ‘-ící’ – dosaen fada díobh Posted by on Aug 29, 2018

(le Róislín) From “-icí” [IK-ee] to “-ící” [EEK-ee]!  In the last blogpost (nasc thíos) we looked at some Irish words ending in “-icí,” either in their basic structure, like “dicí” or “soinicí”  or in an inflected form, like “picnicí,” “gúsnaicí,” or “ceimicí.”  Today we’ll look at a few Irish words ending in “-íceach,” which in…

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Four Ways the Irish Word Ending “-icí” Can Be Used (Picnicí, Eiticí, Seicí, Vicí) Posted by on Aug 27, 2018

(le Róislín) Remember the two recent blogposts about “picnicí” (naisc thíos).  Well, one was really about picnics and the other one was really about counting how many people were at the picnic. Thinking about the word “picnic” (plural: picnicí) and how it might have gotten borrowed into Irish got me thinking about what other words…

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Counting People in Irish — Cén daoine? Na daoine ag an bpic-nic! Posted by on Aug 25, 2018

(le Róislín) Counting people in Irish is fairly straightforward, but there are two important things to remember: The question “How many people …?” keeps the word for “people” in the singular in Irish, so we use “duine” (person), not “daoine” (people). The question is “Cé mhéad duine …?” There is a special system of numbers…

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The Word ‘Picnic’ in Irish and the Mysterious Insect ‘Créachadóir na bPicnicí’ Posted by on Aug 22, 2018

(le Róislín) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Cole%27s_%22The_Picnic%22,_Brooklyn_Museum_IMG_3787.JPG, A Pic-Nic Party (The Picnic), by Thomas Cole (1801-1848), public domain; lipéad Gaeilge le Róislín, 2018 It’s not hard to figure out how to say ‘picnic’ in Irish – it’s “picnic”!  The only thing that’s a bit tricky is to figure out what slight changes might occur to the word when we…

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