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An bhfuil peata agat?  Talking about Pets in Irish: Piscíní (Kittens) Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

(le Róislín) Bhuel, we’ve just discussed coiníní as peataí in our sraith nua (faoi pheataí), so let’s go now with an even more popular pet, piscíní, and we’ll look more later at “cait,” which have been covered in some previous posts. As you can see in the picture above, we have an image of a…

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Um, um, nasturtiums, geraniums, and chrysanthemums — oh my! (Ainmneacha Plandaí 5) Posted by on Sep 30, 2016

(le Róislín) Three more flower names this time around.  And what do they have in common?  Simply the fact that they end in “-um” in English.  So we’ll see if this gives us any sort of pattern for words borrowed from Latin, or do they all end up with different ending in Irish? It’s actually…

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If ‘Dandelion’ Comes from “Dent de Lion,” Where does the Irish name ‘Caisearbhán’ come from?  [Ainmneacha Plandaí 2] Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

(le Róislín) Since we’ve recently been looking at luibhainmneacha (plant names) in Irish, I thought this would be a good time to revisit the dandelion, one of the mostly widely visible and easily recognizable plants of all, even for a “neamhluibheolaí” like myself.  You might remember cúpla iarbhlagmhír on this topic (naisc thíos), but here’s…

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Rós agus cúpla ainm eile air (a ‘rose’ and a couple of other names for it) [Ainmneacha Plandaí i nGaeilge: 1] Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

(le Róislín) It looks like this will be the beginning of another occasional series, this time on plant names, probably mostly flowers (bláthanna), but eventually trees (crainn), bushes (toim, srl.), grasses (féara), and that intriguing category, “weeds” (fiailí).  You might remember that we previously did a series of girls’ names based on flowers (nasc thíos)…

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Please Don’t Eat the ‘Nóiníní’ (and a few other flower phrases in Irish) Posted by on May 16, 2016

(le Róislín) Mostly we’ve been focusing on ainmneacha lately, but I thought we’d take a short break and look at the flower behind one of the flower-themed girl’s names featured in a recent blog. So today we’ll look at various uses of the word “nóinín” in Irish.  We discussed ‘nóiníní’ pretty thoroughly in the last…

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Five More Irish Names for Girls: Nóinín, Pt. 4 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 May 11, 2016

(le Róislín) Daisy?  Nóra? Onóra? Honor? Nóirín vs. Nóinín?  So what exactly is going on here with this name? Well, here’s the short answer.  “Nóinín” is generally considered to be a variation of the name Nóra (Onóra), even though “Nóra” also has another diminutive form, “Nóirín” (Noreen).  The name “Onóra” means “honor (honour),” close to…

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Five Irish Names for Boys: Pronunciation and Meaning (Alabhaois, Éadbhard, Feardorcha, Rónán, Tiarnán) Posted by on Mar 31, 2016

(le Róislín) Continuing our look at some Irish given names, here are five more, this time for boys.   I picked these five names since they are interesting from the viewpoint of spelling or meaning.  They range in popularity from moderate (Rónán) to fairly uncommon (Alabhaois).  At some point, I might also do a blog…

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