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Bróga vs. Buataisí (Boots and Shoes in Irish, and some other types of footwear — to boot) Posted by on Jul 31, 2015

(le Róislín) Which to say — “bróg” or “buatais“?   Well, there seems to be some overlap in the terms, as we briefly addressed in the last blog (nasc thíos).  There we focused mostly on “buataisí,” the related word “buataisíní” (bootees), and a related word outside the realm of coisbheart, “búiteanna.”  Remember “búiteanna“?  Muna cuimhin leat…

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Buataisí, Buataisíní, agus Búiteanna: Variations on a theme of “boot” in Irish Posted by on Jul 28, 2015

(le Róislín) In some previous blog posts (naisc thíos), there were passing references to the Irish words for boot (buatais) and bootees (buataisíní).  Perhaps this would be a good time to look further into those words and check out “búiteanna” as well. So let’s start with the basics, and then we’ll look at some additional…

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Úsáid an fhocail “Eircode” i gcomhthéacs Gaeilge Posted by on Jul 24, 2015

(le Róislín) So we’ve all been inundated lately with news of “lainseáil an chórais Eircode,” which could also be called “seoladh an chórais Eircode.”  Both phrases mean “the launching of the Eircode system.”  But, as happened with the launching of the “euro,” umpteen years ago, one of my first thoughts was, how do we use…

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Cóid Phoist  – faoi dheireadh  ach cén costas don teanga?  (The New Irish Postal Codes) Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

(le Róislín) Learners of Irish outside of Ireland often show surprise at the way addresses  (seoltaí) are typically taught in Irish language textbooks, especially ones that primarily depict rural life (an saol faoin tuath).  Typically, there will be the addressee’s name, a house name (Radharc na Farraige, mar shampla), a townland name (An Cnoc, mar…

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Pronouncing “taoschnó” and other “-chn-,” “-chr-,” and “-chl-” combinations in Irish Posted by on Jul 17, 2015

(le Róislín) In the last blog we looked at the recent “scannal lite na dtaoschnónna,” as reported in the media concerning Ariana Grande in the Dunkin’ Donuts shop. And I have to admit that even though I’ve been familiar with the words “taos,” “cnó,” and “taoschnó” for years, I still notice an “eye-boggling” effect, where …

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