Words of Irish origin

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Words of Irish origin

Post by Archived Topic » Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:25 pm

Hello,

Apart from "galore", "smithereens" and "slogan" I'm wondering if our distinguished audience knows of any English words of Q-Celt origin (Irish, Manx, Scots Gaelic)? Words that are exclusively in the domain of Celtology are not so intereting (for example, Skean Dhu as the name for the black knife attached to the Scottish Regiments formal dress).

Thanks,
Michael from Sydney
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Words of Irish origin

Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:39 pm

Michael I don't mind helping out a fellow Aussie .. here are some I found with a source ..
(http://www.bfbs.org.uk/britishisles/bri ... uages.html)
Familiar Scots Gaelic words which have come into English include: cairn, clan, claymore, crag, gillie (meaning servant), glen, loch, ptarmigan, slogan and whisky.
Irish words which have come into English include: banshee, bog, boycott, leprechaun, shamrock and smithereens. (and codger)

(http://www.settlement.org/cp/english/ir ... ommun.html)
Irish words that have entered the English language include banshee, galore, bother, smithereen, hooligan, tantrum and donnybrook.
.. not knowing your purpose or level of interest you might find these sites worthwhile >>
http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ag371/Gaelic/faclan.htm
http://www.anu.edu.au/ANDC/Ozwords/Apri ... 0pipe.html
http://www.observer.com/pages/story.asp?ID=6755
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~homespun/spwords.html
.. for a comical slant you can check here .. a scholarly paper >> http://paul.merton.ox.ac.uk/language/english.html
.. and if you have time/inclination to scroll through all the words searching for familiar ones >>>
http://www.hiberno-english.com/archive.php
.. hope it all helps and I just hope that we Aussies show the Irish the meaning of another word .. "defeat" .. when the Wallabies take on Ireland in Melbourne in the Rugby World Cup next Saturday .. c'arn tha Wallabies !!!!
Wizard of Oz, Australia. 30/10/03
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:53 pm

While it clearly bears no relationship to our national character, I believe the word hooligan is also of Irish origin. As for the rugby, if for some strange reason we lose on Saturday, it will obviously be a cunning ploy to lull the French into a false sense of confidence....

Liam - Galway
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:08 pm

Fantastic sites to while the hours away...

Go raibh maith agat,

MM (split loyalties re rugby I'm afraid...)
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:22 pm

How about " hit the bottle again, O'brien?"
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:37 pm

Guinness is the most famous. Colonel Murphy
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:51 pm

.. well Michael the time has passed and the Blarney Army are crying in their Guiness .. we not only won the Rugby but the International Rules as well .. *smile* .. and while I am here I understand that most Aussie of words, "chook", comes from Scots Gaelic .. and speaking of the Scots we will kick them in the kilt next weekend !!
Wizard of Oz, Australia. 02/11/03
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:05 pm

Yiz got thro' by the skin of your teeth - we had you worried....the next rounds will show the emergence of the Northern hemisphere........


Liam - Galway
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Oct 08, 2004 10:20 pm

.. Liam your Celtic cousins the Scots will have the opportunity to avenge the Oirish next weekend .. alas the southern Colonials shall again prove triumphant ..
WoZ of Aus. 04/11/03
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