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“Leaplings?” An Téarma As Gaeilge? Posted by on Feb 29, 2012

(le Róislín) Just when I thought I had a pretty good handle on the vagaries of stórfhocal an Bhéarla, another word popped up.  Maybe I should I say it entered mo bhandaleithead, or it came isteach i  mo radar, or some other trendier expression.  At any rate, it caught my eye.  Or really, mo chluas, since…

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What’s So “Leap” about “Leap Year” and Is It “Leap” in Irish (Bliain Bhisigh)? Posted by on Feb 26, 2012

(le Róislín) Looking at the terminology for “leap” in Irish got me thinking, why exactly do we call it “leap” year?  Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t going to be a discussion of the space-time continuum, if that’s even relevant, and it’s not going to be about how time really works (which I leave…

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An Cheist faoin Tatú agus an Freagra Posted by on Feb 23, 2012

(le Róislín) A bhuí leis an léitheoir Deasún, tá freagra againn don cheist faoin tatú a bhí sa bhlag   Deir sé: “The way I interpret it, they were looking for “room” and found “seomra” instead of the more abstract “spás”, and I’m thinking it’s more along the lines of this, with the spelling…

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Cén Cineál Loinge Atá sa Tatú? Posted by on Feb 20, 2012

(le Róislín)   Ceist amháin eile faoin tatú seo.  Maidir le longa, an bhfuil a fhios ag duine ar bith cén sórt loinge í seo?  An t-ainm i nGaeilge, nó i mBéarla, is cuma. But before we get further into types of ships, let’s look at the basic word for “ship” in Irish (as opposed…

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Ceist Faoi Thatú agus an Frása Tatú Is Fearr Leat Posted by on Feb 17, 2012

(le Róislín)  Any help from readers in unraveling this tattoo phrase mystery would be appreciated.  Here’s the mystery phrase: “Tá seomra se domhan seo damdiste do god duine mar sin tá tú ag teacht mar” [sic]. Dála an scéil, the illustration is just a general reference to tattooing.  It doesn’t illustrate the mystery phrase per…

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Féilte agus Laethanta Saoire agus Ócáidí Speisialta i Mí Feabhra: Trí Phictiúirí Posted by on Feb 14, 2012

(le Róislín) Now that we’ve recently seen how many holidays and special events occur i mí Feabhra, how about labeling some images connected to them?  Seo ocht bpictiúr leis na téamaí a raibh muid ag caint fúthu sa bhlag deireanach (  An cuimhin leat an Ghaeilge ar an rud atá sa phictiúr agus/nó an lá…

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Féilte agus Laethanta Saoire agus Ócáidí Speisialta i Mí Feabhra Posted by on Feb 11, 2012

(le Róislín) For a relatively short month, February is sure packed full of holidays.  Here are some dates and some themes.  Can you match them up?  Since writing the dates in the standard “orduimhir” form would lessen the “dúshlán,”  I’ve written them out in full and the key to the numbers is given below, with…

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