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Nature Words in Irish, pt. 6: Ferret to Herring (following ‘acorn’ to ‘crocus’) Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

(le Róislín) If you’ve been following this blog series, you probably know the drill by now.  The last few blog posts in this series have featured Irish words for nature terms, ranging so far from “acorn” to “crocus.”  What’s special about these particular words?  They are the Irish equivalents of the 50 or so nature…

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Meán Fómhair, Deireadh Fómhair, and An Fómhar vs. an Fómhair Posted by on Sep 15, 2012

(le Róislín) We may as well take a break from animal terms for a while, although no doubt we’ll return to the subject, since there are about 5396 more mamaigh to go, and about 1,250,000 speicis if we include inveirteabraigh (m. sh. feithidí, moilisc, crústaigh) and veirteabraigh (m. sh. éisc, amfaibiaigh, reiptílí, éin).   Since the…

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As Easy As “Pióg”: How To Say Kinds of Pies in Irish Posted by on Nov 12, 2011

(le Róislín) In the end, you’ll need to be your own judge as to whether this is really “as easy as pie,” but here at least are some tips for naming different types of pies.  And as two holiday seasons approach, Lá Altaithe (Meiriceá) and An Nollaig, what tastier topic? So let’s look at the terms for…

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Seachtain Fhéile Pádraig a Trí: Pub-crawling Posted by on Mar 17, 2010

(le Róislín) Aon ábhar ní b’fhearr ná beáir, given the “seachtain” that’s in it? Here are two phrases for pub-crawling in Irish.  Both are really based on the idea of “rambling,” rather than “crawling’ as such, which would be “lámhacán ([LAWV-uh-kawn] moving on one’s hands and knees) or “snámhaíocht” ([SNAWV-ee-ukht] loosely, “land-swimming”). 1) Beidh muid…

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Téarmaí an tSéasúir: Nollaig agus Hanukkah, and Some Vowel Harmony, to Boot! Posted by on Dec 11, 2009

(le Róislín) Luí na gréine, an Aoine, 11 Mí na Nollag, tús Hanukkah.  In recognition of the beginning of Hanukkah at sunset on Friday, this blog will discuss the Irish word for “menorah.”  That will also give us the opportunity for a recap session to discuss vowel harmony (caol le caol agus leathan le leathan)…

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Ag Meaitseáil na bhFocal leis na Seanfhocail Posted by on Nov 13, 2009

Hopefully this will prove an entertaining but useful review of the seanfhocail we just learned.  Below we’ll have a few more proverbs to fill in that will be new for this blog (old, of course, mar eolas traidisiúnta).  The choices are given first in a word bank, since columns may not work out in the…

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