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Irish “From Head to Toe” but without the “Head” (ceann) or the “Toe” (méar coise)! Posted by on Sep 13, 2009

(le Róislín) It’s interesting how languages can have similar idioms but with slightly different vocabulary.  In Irish there are two ways to express the idea of “from head to toe,” but neither of them uses the word “head” or the word “toe.”  Both offer some useful vocabulary, although admittedly, none of these keywords has quite…

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An Deireadh le “Ceann” – Go Ceann Tamaill! Posted by on Sep 10, 2009

Oh, I just couldn’t resist a few more, especially since these compound words are almost transparent – in other words, they mean just about exactly what you think they’d mean.  That’s assuming you spot the cognates, of course:   a) ceanncheathrú [say: KYAN-HYAH-roo, 2nd “c” is silent, “t” is silent]   b) ceannfhocal [say: KYAN-OK-ul,…

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Cúpla Cor Cainte Eile leis an bhFocal “Ceann” (A Few More “Ceann” Idioms) Posted by on Sep 7, 2009

(le Róislín) Here are a few more “head phrases,” that is, phrases with the Irish word “ceann” (head, end, extremity, one, top, etc.).  There are actually probably several hundred idiomatic, figurative, or non-literal uses of “ceann,” so once again this is just cúpla sampla.    Teach ceann tuí: thatched house, lit. house of a head/roof…

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Ó Cheann Ceann an Fhocail “Ceann”: The Word “Head/End” from End to End Posted by on Sep 4, 2009

Before completely leaving that intriguing compound in the surname Ó Cinnéide (ceann  éide), how about looking further at the word “ceann” itself?  It has lots of extended meanings besides “head” and “end” and is used in a few colorful expressions.  Seo cúpla ceann:   The preceding phrase was one example of the extended meanings of…

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An Sloinne ‘Ó Cinnéide’ (Kennedy): Ciall an tSloinne Posted by on Sep 1, 2009

(le Róislín) Having delved a bit into some of the extended Kennedy family lineage, I thought it might be suimiúil to look into the sloinne itself, especially since its meaning seems to belie the family’s classic dathúlacht (good looks).  How’s that for a mid-blog cliffhanger?   As you may already know, the Ó part of the…

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