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Hurricane-related words in the Irish language: Hairicíní, Spéirlingí, Súile, Béil et al. Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

(le Róislín) This has been one of the worst hurricane seasons I can remember.  Although I, as an individual, can do nothing to stop the destructive path of the hurricanes (bealaí scriosacha na hairicíní), I can at least provide a little vocabulary for discussing them in Irish. First we’ll look at the two words for…

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Cineálacha Stoirmeacha (Kinds of Storms): An Scéal Leantach (The Sequel) Posted by on Oct 21, 2012

(le Róislín) Kind of has a nice beat, doesn’t it?  Cineálacha Stoirmeacha [KIN-yawl-ukh-uh STIRzh-im-ukh-uh].   Storms are possible any time of year, of course, but the month of October can see several types.  Stoirmeacha sneachta, mar a bhí ar chósta thiar na Stát Aontaithe i mí Dheireadh Fómhair (go luath don séasúr!) sa bhliain 2011 —…

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Cineálacha Stoirmeacha (Kinds of Storms) Posted by on Sep 3, 2010

Last blog we discussed hairicíní, for which the Irish word is an adaptation of either the Carib for “God of Evil” or the name of a Mayan storm god, Hurakan – the sources for this don’t agree on which.  Either way, the word went through a couple of filters before reaching Irish, namely Spanish “huracán”…

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