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#As Gaeilge

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults Column

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults

The Brexit process should be a golden age for satirists and comedians, but unfortunately, something else has happened, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019 Column

The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019

In some ways, it is serendipitous that these two events should happen on the same Sunday, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Is Ireland more progressive now because we didn’t have baby boomers? Column

The Irish For: Is Ireland more progressive now because we didn’t have baby boomers?

Did you know that Nigel Farage and Keanu Reeves were born in the same year? It’s hard enough to accept that they are the same species, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Don’t Be Such A Gorilla-Whale-Daughter-In-Law Voices

The Irish For: Don’t Be Such A Gorilla-Whale-Daughter-In-Law

To translate the meaning of Bridezilla effectively we need to pop the bonnet of the word and look at the moving parts, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence Column

The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence

The word appears to originate before 1900 in parts of Ireland where spoken Irish was high and literacy was low, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug Column

The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings? Column

The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings?

J. R. R. Tolkien once tried to learn Irish in Galway but he dismissed the language as suffering from “fundamental unreason,” writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation Column

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation

Thanks to Queen Bé, April 2019 has been an interesting month for accessorised letters, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages? Column

The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?

‘Thousands of Irish people know their rights if they’re arrested in America but not if they’re arrested in Ireland… and nobody would know what mitosis was if it wasn’t for Sabrina,’ writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse Column

The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse

Gaeilgeoirí often feel the odds are stacked against them. Even when we are right we still end up looking like a spoilsport or a pain in the arse, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing Opinion

The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing

The German R&B duo dominated the charts at the time and one of them even claimed to be the “new Elvis”, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong Column

The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw Column

The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw

If you’re doing your Irish oral exam next week – you’ll need to know how to say ‘confidence and supply agreement’ and ‘frictionless border’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish? Opinion

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?

My daughter speaks mostly in English but there are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for – so she mixes them in, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscríbhinn means an inscription on stone Column

The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscríbhinn means an inscription on stone

George Orwell said that history was a palimpsest – a chalkboard which could be scraped clean and reinscribed, exactly as often as necessary, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened Column

The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened

Satire (Áer) was taken as seriously as physical assault in old Ireland and a range of satirical offences were deemed to warrant compensation, including ‘coining a nickname that sticks’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland? Column

The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland?

Did the knights of the Fianna use their frithbacáin (handbrake) to do doughnuts, and other boy racer tricks, in the medieval equivalent of an industrial estate? wonders Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning Column

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning

Aerach means gay in both the modern sense as well as the original meaning of happy and carefree writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How many colours can you remember? Column

The Irish For: How many colours can you remember?

Different languages across the world look at the spectrum and make different calls on where certain colours begin and end, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Brexit and the rise of Hiberno-English Opinion

The Irish For: Brexit and the rise of Hiberno-English

With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union this year, it’s time for Hiberno English to become the official language of the EU, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Forget the January blues - let's talk about birds Column

The Irish For: Forget the January blues - let's talk about birds

The fact that the Irish words for duck and lake sound similar gives an alliterative flourish to a seanfhocal about not sweating the small stuff: Ní troimide an loch an lacha – the lake is not heavier for having a duck on it, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge) Column

The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge)

Hó hó hó! Darach Ó Séaghdha has a selection box of Irish words for Christmas.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire Column

The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire

As one of the first human inventions fire is often used as a metaphor for human civilisation and its downsides, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: All the characters you  know - good, bad or total craic vortex Column

The Irish For: All the characters you know - good, bad or total craic vortex

Darach Ó Séaghdha has a typecast character for every letter in the alphabet – the funny one, the vulgar one, the one with notions or the one who sucks all the craic clean out of the room.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words Column

The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words

Codladh Geimhridh literally means ‘winter sleep’ and is the Irish for hibernation. Sometimes that feels like a viable option in the Land of Eternal Winter (Hibernia), writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For...The role of dogs in legends, proverbs and the Brehon laws Opinion

The Irish For...The role of dogs in legends, proverbs and the Brehon laws

Dogs took centre stage in Irish mythology, stories and proverbs, just like they dominate our social media feeds today, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For... Seal snot: The literal translations of sea creatures are brilliant Column

The Irish For... Seal snot: The literal translations of sea creatures are brilliant

The Irish term for a jellyfish translates literally as seal snot. If this floats your boat you might also enjoy mathair shúigh – suckmother – for squid.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For... Why do feelings run so high around the letter V? Column

The Irish For... Why do feelings run so high around the letter V?

Is V a cheeky stowaway in the Irish language? Darach Ó Séaghdha takes a look.

23 ways to say 'potato' as Gaeilge

Happy National Potato Day, ya filthy animals.

7 dangerously similar sounding words as Gaeilge

ár nAthair v an nathair

13 essential phrases you need as Gaeilge to get through 2017

All you need to get through the year.

Can You Get 100% In This Bouli Lyrics Quiz?

FEAR SNEACHTA BÁN…

13 excellent ways to insult someone as Gaeilge

Is smuigín thú! (You’re a snot-nosed brat. Yeah you.)

Coláiste Lurgan covering Rihanna as Gaeilge is just as good as you'd expect

A combination we never thought we’d hear.

10 times Twitter perfectly sum up the Irish language

So many vowels…

11 times a fada makes all the difference

In the name of the fada.

13 times Tumblr was so right about learning Irish

“And suddenly, a car hit me.”

From TheJournal.ie Fancy working in Brussels? The EU is now hiring more than 60 Irish translators As Gaeilge

Fancy working in Brussels? The EU is now hiring more than 60 Irish translators

The salary starts at over €4300 a month.

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