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Trí Fhocal ar ‘Asteroid’ (in Irish) Posted by on Feb 28, 2013

(le Róislín) Since we’ve been on this astronomy kick, covering dreigítí agus cóiméid, I figured we may as well cover asteroids as well. Overall, I’d say that of the three terms (meteor, comet, asteroid), the term “astaróideach” is the most straightforward of the three.  There are still several choices, but they all break down into recognizable…

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A ‘Cóiméad’ by Any Other Name Posted by on Feb 22, 2013

(le Róislín) Last blog I alluded to five words in Irish for comet agus seo iad. The first one you have no doubt spotted by now since it’s i dteideal an bhlag seo.  It’s a fairly straightforward word, first declension, masculine.  Here are its forms: 1) cóiméad, comet, as in “Beidh Cóiméad Halley ar ais…

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Is Éan É! Is Eitleán É! Ní Hea — Dreige Atá Ann! (Sorry, Clark!) Posted by on Feb 16, 2013

(le Róislín) Or should that be “dreigít“?  Or “dreigeoideach“?  Bhuel, all three really, I guess, depending on what stage of the event you’re talking about. I thought I had learned all that téarmaíocht réalteolaíoch, at least the buntéarmaí, years ago, but when the news reports start coming in about the Chelyabinsk event, I realized I…

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Deich nDóigh (10 Ways) le ‘I Love You’ a Rá i nGaeilge Posted by on Feb 8, 2013

(le Róislín) So, Irish has lots of ways to say “I love you,” but most of them don’t involve the verb “to love.”  How is that supposed to work?  Bhuel, with lots of téarmaí ceana (terms of endearment)!  In other words, you mostly use nouns to say that someone is your sweetheart, your darling, your…

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