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Pronunciation Follow-up to the “Cúig Fhocal gan Mhaith” Series Posted by on Jan 17, 2012

(le Róislín) The last few blogs have dealt pretty intensely with meaning and slight differences among comhainmneacha (synonyms).  Here we’ll look at a much more down-to-earth aspect of some of the same words – how to say them.  We’ll look at a few of the longer and more complex ones (tláithíneacht, neamhghontacht, m. sh.) but…

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Cúig Fhrása (Béarla) Gan Mhaith (De Réir Fhionntán Uí Thuathail aka Fintan O’Toole) (Cuid 2/4) Posted by on Jan 8, 2012

(le Róislín) Remember what gátar, déine, and tarrtháil have in common?   Hmmm, the first two have related meanings and are nearly interchangeable (beart gátair, austerity measure; cáinaisnéis déine, austerity budget) but “tarrtháil” is completely different in function as well as meaning.  It’s  an ainmfhocal briathartha, not a gnáthainmfhocal (ordinary noun).  We could also note that…

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What’s The Opposite of “Deochanna Meisciúla”? Posted by on Oct 11, 2009

Thinking about the term “soft drinks,” I got to pondering over how and when we use phrase “hard drinks” in English.  I just compared the number of Google citations for “hard drinks” vs. “soft drinks” in English, ca. 46,800 (hard) to ca. 5,780,000 (soft) – an interesting contrast.  “Hard liquor” gives about 581,000 hits but…

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