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Post February 03 2008, 22:51 PM
Inishtrahull
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This may sound a bit weird, But I am just curious on how to say idiot in gaelic.

 
Post February 03 2008, 22:53 PM
Benjamin
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Amadán = Idiot
A Amadáin = (When you are addressing an idiot)

Post February 03 2008, 22:58 PM
Inishtrahull
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How would I pronounce that?

Post February 03 2008, 23:08 PM
An Treasach
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I'd say AMA-daan (stress the 'ama' sound)

Post February 03 2008, 23:13 PM
Benjamin
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Apparently the word idiot changes depending on the gender of whom you're calling an idiot:

Male idiot: Amadán
Female idiot: Óinseach

Post February 03 2008, 23:16 PM
BuachaillBeo
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An Treasach wrote:I'd say AMA-daan (stress the 'ama' sound)

it'd be like that in the Ulster dialect, and a bit like
oma-DAWN
in the Munster dialect (going from north to south), stressing the 'dawn' sound.

There'll also be a Connact dialect way of saying it (well loads of ways really, but they're the 'big three' when distinguishing accents and all that), so if one of our Conamara heads wants to give phonetics then you should wait for that (provided they don't just say "an hidiot"... you wouldn't know half the time with that crowd :o ;)ná bí neamhalright anois like :P)
Always wait for confirmation on my translations!

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Post February 03 2008, 23:21 PM
BuachaillBeo
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Benjamin wrote:Female idiot: Óinseach

That's bollocks, I've been called an óinseach plenty of times! :P :oops: (which i had, up to now, taken as endearing.... but ya.... now that i think about it.... (and i knew it was that case already like, i just didn't cop that it was the case with me!! :()

but ya, benjamin's right i think... :lach: :ja:
Always wait for confirmation on my translations!

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Post February 04 2008, 9:37 AM
Aibigéal
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Not sure how much óinseach would be used for "female idiot" in Connemara. There it also means "bitch" or "slut" or, well, something along those lines - I didn't get the details but I was given the impression it would be a bit of a shocker.

I'd pronounce amadán AWMadawn (i.e. as if it were spelled ámadán.)

Post February 05 2008, 3:35 AM
Inishtrahull
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Thanks. I was just trying to have something to call my sis...^^

Post February 05 2008, 4:11 AM
julius
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BuachaillBeo wrote:
An Treasach wrote:I'd say AMA-daan (stress the 'ama' sound)

it'd be like that in the Ulster dialect, and a bit like
oma-DAWN
in the Munster dialect (going from north to south), stressing the 'dawn' sound.

There'll also be a Connact dialect way of saying it (well loads of ways really, but they're the 'big three' when distinguishing accents and all that), so if one of our Conamara heads wants to give phonetics then you should wait for that (provided they don't just say "an hidiot"... you wouldn't know half the time with that crowd :o ;)ná bí neamhalright anois like :P)


Oma-dawn? Geez a BB! that sounds very Mike Oldfield... :lol:
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