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Mmm...etymology 
14th-Apr-2005 06:50 am
greek/hebrew
I'm trying to learn Gaelic. It's slow going. Very slow going. *ahem*

But! Oh, the lovely, lovely etymology. It makes me go all squishy and pleased inside. I love what I do will do for a living.

Here's a few for your enjoyment:

Slogan: sluagh-ghairm "battle cry used by Scottish Highland clans," from sluagh "army, host, slew" + gairm "a cry."

and

Galore: gu leóir "sufficiently, enough."

Mmm...etymology
comments 
14th-Apr-2005 11:07 am (UTC)
You're learning Scottish Gaelic? Wow... I know a little Irish, but where do you find the resources?
14th-Apr-2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
I bought a book. Which is why it is going so slowly. I have no pronunciation reference. :)
14th-Apr-2005 11:20 am (UTC)
you missed out this one:

Irn bru: i-rn broo "Traditional scottish caffeinated beverage, drunk in vast quantities before battle or conflicts to revitalise after the piss up on the previous night"
14th-Apr-2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
Hehe...or given to foreigners in need of liquid bubble gum. :)
15th-Apr-2005 09:22 am (UTC)
You aren't foreign, just virtual!
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14th-Apr-2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah...my primary reason for wanting to learn Scottish versus Irish is to get a feel for the Gaelic they throw in with the everyday Scots.


14th-Apr-2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
You have to check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/colinandcumberland/ which handily has pronounciatin, as well as just generally being nifty.


the hatter
14th-Apr-2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ah, very nice. Thanks, hatter.
14th-Apr-2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
*so jealous*
etymology is so yummy. :)
and i've been trying, unsuccessfully, for more than a few years to learn Welsh Gaelic.
14th-Apr-2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
I knew a guy that speaks such. I sadly don't remember a thing he taught me. :(
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