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Five More Irish Names for Girls: Daifne, Dafnae (Daphne), Pt. 2 of ‘Names with a Flower Theme (Bláth / Bláithín / Bláthnaid, Daifne / Dafnae, Lil / Lile, Nóinín, Róisín / Róis / Róise, and, sort of, Mairéad / Maighréad)’ Posted by on Apr 30, 2016

(le Róislín) We interrupted this “mionsraith” on “ainmneacha” to acknowledge the passing of Prince, which then led to a discussion of the word “siamsaíocht” in its various forms, since Prince was a “sár-réalta shiamsaíochta.”  So now let’s return to some names.  This particular set deals with “ainmneacha ban” whose theme is “bláthanna.”  First we dealt…

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How to pronounce ‘shiamsaíochta’ in Irish Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

(le Róislín) There seems to be an unstated rule in language learning that the longer a new word is, the more we hesitate before pronouncing it.   This can apply in many languages … antidisestablishmentarianism … anticonstitutionellment … Siebentausendzweihundertvierundfünfzig … leas-phríomhfheidhmeannaigh … or pinagpinamamagaspasan, to name just a few. And I don’t even want to start…

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In ómós don sár-réalta shiamsaíochta Prince — Réaltnéal Corcra (a memorial note with some Irish phrases) Posted by on Apr 25, 2016

     (le Róislín) Agus mé amuigh ag siúl oíche Dhéardaoin seo caite chonaic mé marquee ag rá “RIP Prince.”  Ar dtús ní raibh a fhios agam cén fáth a raibh sé sin scríofa.  Bhí mé istigh an chuid is mó den lá ar an lá sin agus níor thug mé mórán airde don nuacht. …

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Five More Irish Names for Girls — Names with a Flower Theme (Bláth / Bláithín / Bláthnaid, Daifne / Dafnae, Lil / Lile, Nóinín, Róisín / Róis / Róise, and, sort of, Mairéad / Maighréad) Posted by on Apr 21, 2016

(le Róislín) OK, so that’s really “trí ainm déag” but five name “families”, so I stuck with using “five” in the title of this blogpost, since it matches the format of the recent other entries in this series (naisc thíos). If anyone has some further suggestions for names based on flowers, I’d love to hear…

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An tAinm Iósaef sa Bhíobla (Iósaef as a version of the name Seosamh / Joseph) Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

(le Róislín) We’ve recently looked at 10 Irish names for boys, and 5 for girls (naisc thíos), and of course there are hundreds more we could cover.  We’ll at least balance out the count with 5 more names for girls soon. But for this blog post, let’s look again at those two quotes from the…

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