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When Is “gh” pronounced like “y” in Irish words?  Think ‘gheobhaidh’ and ‘gheocaigh’ Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

(le Róislín) So, we finally finished that mionsraith about Irish words starting with non-traditional letters in the Irish alphabet (v, w, x, y, z) and even threw in the “-cs-” spelling for “x” (as in “innéacs” or “tacsaí“) for good measure.  We’ve previously noted that in Irish, “gh-” and “dh-” at the beginning of a word,…

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When Does ‘X’ Become ‘CS’? Freagra: In the Middle of Some Irish Words Posted by on Sep 28, 2015

(le Róislín) Your first thought on looking at the combination “cs” might be the abbreviation for the element ‘cesium’ (caeisiam, i nGaeilge).  Well, maybe not.  Not exactly a “téarma laethúil.”  Maybe “Csárdás,” the Hungarian dance?  That’s “cardas,” i nGaeilge, by the way.  Maybe CSI (an clár teilifíse)?  Any way you look at it, “cs” as a…

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Catching Some “Z-” Words in Irish: What Are The Others besides ‘Zú’ and ‘Zúnna’? Posted by on Sep 25, 2015

(le Róislín) Bhuel, we’ve recently looked at Irish words starting with the letters v, w, x, and y.  So logically enough, it’s time now to catch some zzz’s.  Oops, not to put you to sleep, that is, but just to round up some examples.  As with w, x, and y, there aren’t really that many…

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Some Irish Words Starting with the Letter ‘Y’ (yóyó ina measc) Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

(le Róislín) In the past few blagmhíreanna (naisc thíos), we’ve looked at some Irish words that start with letters not traditionally in the Irish alphabet (v, w, x).  Today’s blog will deal with the letter “y” and soon we’ll do “z.”  Someday we’ll get to the other three non-traditional letters (j, k, q), but for…

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Some Irish Words Starting with the Letter ‘X’ (Part 2 of 2): xileafón agus xifisteirneam Posted by on Sep 18, 2015

(le Róislín) As you might recall, the most recent blagmhír here was “Some Irish Words Starting with the Letter ‘X’ (Part 1 of 2)” (nasc thíos).  Today we’ll look at Part 2, Irish words beginning with “x” where the single letter “x” isn’t a prefix.  In other words, this is not the post dealing with words…

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