Oxford English Dictionary researches the origins of common words that owe their origins to Gaelic

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DLyons  Identity Verified
Ireland
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Everyday words from my childhood Jul 10, 2012

"kippin" (Irish "cipín") kindling for the fire.

"bonham" (pronounced "bon-av", Irish "banbh") a suckling pig.

Other words that I'd assumed to be Irish, turned out not to be e.g. "skilly" (thin porridge) and "sprazzie" (a sixpence).

[Edited at 2012-07-10 12:22 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-07-10 12:22 GMT]


 

kmtext
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There are heaps of them Jul 11, 2012

For example, a few from Scottish Gaelic include:

smashing (great) - 's math sin
dig (understand) - tuig
snog (kiss) - snog (something nice/pleasant)

There are many more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.


 

BeaDeer  Identity Verified
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What about "smashing"? Jul 11, 2012

"Smashing" comes from "is maith sin", as our Irish Gaelic teacher told us (at summer school in Donegal). I love this expression.

 


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