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22:33 May 17, 2001
Dutch to English translations [PRO]
Dutch term or phrase: uisce beatha
this should be a friendly greeting as of what langauge it is i am uncertain? hoping you can tell me langauge and meaning of this word or phrase
well i see now that i have to enter a langauge so i'm just going to guess one what langauge it is i really have know idea maybe you can still help

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5WhiskeyPeter Thomson
nawater of life / whiskey
Alexander Schleber
Carla Zwanenberg
naWhiskey, Whisky
Eva Linderoth



13 mins
Whiskey, Whisky

The word is gaelic for whiskey/whisky

    checked in Swedish encyclopedia
Eva Linderoth
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17 mins

Hi Paul,

Uisce beatha is Gaelic/Irish and it means "Water of life".
Take a look at the pages below :)


    Reference: http://www.ceantar.org/cgi-bin/grmqsearch.cgi/Irish?uisce
    Reference: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/1646/uisce.html
Carla Zwanenberg
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water of life / whiskey

Both Gerolamo and Zwanenberg are right.
The meaning is "water of life" and the pronunciation was transformed into whiskey by the English, which is what the term is used for most frequently.

I love Irish whiskey! Have you ever tried Powers, or Jameson, which is available in most stores. Truly invigorating.

Alexander Schleber
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It is Gaelic and it literally means "Water of life".

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