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Translation of the word "brother".

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Post February 05 2008, 19:00 PM
robbikelly
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I will be doing a memorial tattoo in honor of my younger brother who passed away suddenly and without warning in August right before his 31st birthday. I want the word "brother" written in a banner across a celtic cross. I was given this trnaslation and wanted more feedback.

This is what I was given:

A dheartháir

Do you agree? Thank you so much in advance.
Robbi

 
Post February 05 2008, 19:12 PM
Méabh
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A dheartháir would be if you were calling out to him "Brother!"

The word "brother" on its own would be deartháir
and "my brother" would be mo dheartháir
Is é Christian Stoehr mo chroí
Dáta pósadh: 16 Deireadh Fómhair 2010

Post February 05 2008, 21:01 PM
robbikelly
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thank you! anyone else want to comment or advise? not sure if if i want it to be brother or my brother...which is better in gaelic? thanks!

Post February 05 2008, 21:05 PM
BuachaillBeo
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robbikelly wrote:thank you! anyone else want to comment or advise? not sure if if i want it to be brother or my brother...which is better in gaelic? thanks!


Méabh's is perfect, and any should be fine for the tattoo. I don't think there's any 'better' in gaelic than there would be in the english - just that the "my brother" or "brother" translations couldn't be used as if you were addressing him - it'd be the 'a dheartháir' (which could both of them). Other than that i wouldn't think there's any difference between more suitable or less - so it's whichever you think would be best yourself i suppose. what one would you prefer in English?
Always wait for confirmation on my translations!

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Post February 05 2008, 21:08 PM
BuachaillBeo
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seeing as there's no indefinite article in Irish, then 'deartháir' could also mean 'a brother' (as in, someone's brother in general)... though it'd be obvious from the tattoo that this wouldn't be the case.... but the 'mo dheartháir' would make it completely unambiguous like.... both are grand though like
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Post February 05 2008, 21:13 PM
robbikelly
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i getcha, and you answered what i was looking for! i like mo dhearthair. Thank you both!

Post February 05 2008, 21:36 PM
BuachaillBeo
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robbikelly wrote:i getcha, and you answered what i was looking for! i like mo dheartháir. Thank you both!


Don't forget your fada over the a (a-> á) - wouldn't want you getting a mispelt tattoo
Always wait for confirmation on my translations!

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Post February 06 2008, 2:54 AM
robbikelly
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LOL, yes, I just couldn't find that on my keyboard! :D



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