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Bia le Beoir (Aguisín): One More Irish Phrase for a Beer-friendly Snack Food, Cuid / Part 2C of 2 Posted by on Mar 31, 2017

(le Róislín) Finally, we’ve gotten to the end of our “sraith taobh istigh de shraith.”  We started with the addition of “craiceann muiceola friochta” the list of “sneaiceanna le n-ithe le beoir.”  That led to a discussion of various other types of meat (besides “muiceoil“) whose Irish names are compound words ending in “-fheoil” or…

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Ceathairchosaigh Chrúbacha (Say WHAT Kind of Quadrupeds?) Posted by on Sep 9, 2012

(le Róislín)  “Crúbach” is a readily recognized word if you know “crúb” (hoof).  It can mean “hoofed,” of course, but, in more technical jargon, it also means “ungulate.”  Anyone recognize the Irish word related to “ungulate”?  Try “ionga,” or, as you might know it, in the plural, “ingne,” seen in the well-known curse, “Tochas agus…

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The Nuts and Bolts of, well, Boltaí agus Cnónna (agus Scriúnna agus Tairní, for good measure!) Posted by on May 30, 2012

(le Róislín) In the last blog, about “cluasa” (ears)  I happened to mention the phrase “cluaisín scriú” (the wing of a screw), since it’s based on the word for ear.  “Cluaisín” [KLOO-ish-een] literally means “little ear.”  That got me thinking about how such items are made and categorized.  This blog will just be skimming the…

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