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Archive for September, 2009

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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