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Archive for March, 2011

Speaking “of blue mice” and “of pink elephants” Posted by on Mar 30, 2011

(le Róislín) A recent blog hinted at some upcoming entries on possessive forms, so here they are.   We start with a few more luchóg ghorm / eilifint bhándearg examples and then transition to some more practical phrases that indicate possession, and maybe even point towards some Easter expressions, for the upcoming holiday.  Some of you…

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Bándeirge/Eilifintí agus Goirme/Luchóga Posted by on Mar 26, 2011

(le Róislín) Since we’ve started talking about eilifintí bándearga, we might as well continue with the rest of Jack London’s expression, namely, the luchóga gorma (blue mice).  According to London, both of these animals are seen frequently seen in alcoholic hallucinations. Of course, our real purpose here isn’t to analyze bándeirge na n-eilifintí or goirme…

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Luchóga Gorma, Eilifintí Bándearga, agus Jack London! A Thiarcais! Posted by on Mar 23, 2011

(le Róislín) The last blog alluded to Jack London as originating the concept of seeing eilifintí bándearga as part of a siabhránacht radhairc. Out of curiosity, I checked online to see where a search for eilifintí bándearga would take me, in Irish and in English.  In the exact phrase “eilifintí bándearga,” which is plural, there…

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Agus An tAthbharr? (An Mhaidin Tar Éis Lá Fhéile Pádraig) Posted by on Mar 20, 2011

(le Róislín) So, whether it was pionta Guinness or a glincín or an iar-dheoch, there might be some torthaí or iarmhairtí, especially if you had deoch amháin de bharraíocht.  So you might want to know the Irish for “hangover” – it’s “póit.” If you’re lucky, it might simply be a mild tinneas cinn. On the…

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Gloine Beorach nó Oigiséad? Posted by on Mar 17, 2011

le Róislín To enjoy your liquid refreshment of choice on Lá Fhéile Pádraig, here are some units of measurement from which it might be consumed or in which it might be stored.  The list is in approximate size order, but specific sizes would be way too much detail for aon bhlag amháin. Tá an Béarla…

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Cineálacha Deochanna (Types of Drinks) Posted by on Mar 13, 2011

le Róislín  Mostly this blog will discuss beverages associated with Lá Fhéile Pádraig and save sú páiseoige and sú tráta and the like for a later blog.  Let’s start with some of the basics, like beer, ale, and whiskey (note the ‘-ey” spelling of whiskey here, since this a blog about Irish.  Ceistín ort: Cé a…

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Posted by on Mar 11, 2011

(le Róislín) As we prepare to celebrate Lá Fhéile Pádraig, this might be a good time to review some phrases from previous St. Patrick’s Day blogs and to add some new ones. Ar dtús, let’s go back to the very first blog in this series (, which introduced quite a few terms, among them: glas vs. uaine…

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