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AlmondFacialBar
1148304.  Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:25 am Reply with quote

ali wrote:
suze wrote:
Irish spelling is, as I opined a week or so ago, morally wrong.


I used the example of Irish spelling in an essay on writing systems at uni (I used a quote which translated an Irish text into Spanish, and then I translated that into an Irish text translated into English, thus immoraly bloating my wordcount).
It's an example of minimalism in action. The Irish language has 61 phonemes (for non-linguists, a phoneme is a functionally distinct sound), which have to be represented by 19 letters (and one diacritic).
'19', of course is '61' upside-down and back-to-front which, I think, explains everything.


Now you come to mention it...

Btw, if you want a special little challenge drive in a Gaeltacht area using a regular old hard copy street map. The place names on the map are in English. The place names on the signs are As Gaeilge. And of course the two don't necessarily translate into each other or are even phonetically related. I live in Arklow, which derives from the Old Norse Arnkell-lág, Arnkell's Meadow. The town's Irish name is, however, An tInbhear Mór, which translates into The Great Estuary (a clear case of Irish hyperbole) and would be anglicised into something along the lines of Invermore. Thank goodness for the local tourism industry Arklow is in Wicklow (Chill Mhantáin) where I doubt the language is spoken by anyone but Dara Ó Briain's dad, but out west it can prove to be quite the headache.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Zziggy
1149334.  Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:34 am Reply with quote

So Corbyn isn't a fan, then,
Of singing the national anthem;
To soothe the press he could
Give a paedo a knighthood
Like Baroness Thatcher of Grantham.

 
Jenny
1149350.  Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:02 am Reply with quote

<Applause>

 
tetsabb
1149554.  Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:57 pm Reply with quote

Bravo!

 
Spud McLaren
1149859.  Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:32 pm Reply with quote

What with all this talk of robot sex workers -

I found my new escort exotic
and the swing of her hips quite hypnotic.
But the credit card payment
went under her raiment
in a slot meant for things more erotic.

 
bemahan
1149888.  Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:22 am Reply with quote

Very clever and very funny, Spud!

 
Spud McLaren
1149892.  Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:38 am Reply with quote

I spent quite some time thinking of rhymes for robotic, and in the end didn't use the word itself!

 
Awitt
1149894.  Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:40 am Reply with quote

My day was spent at a fete,
And the atmosphere was great
My friend was a founder,
It couldn't be sounder,
But we were two hours late.

 
Alexander Howard
1150061.  Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:31 am Reply with quote

AlmondFacialBar wrote:
ali wrote:
suze wrote:
Irish spelling is, as I opined a week or so ago, morally wrong.


I used the example of Irish spelling in an essay on writing systems at uni (I used a quote which translated an Irish text into Spanish, and then I translated that into an Irish text translated into English, thus immoraly bloating my wordcount).
It's an example of minimalism in action. The Irish language has 61 phonemes (for non-linguists, a phoneme is a functionally distinct sound), which have to be represented by 19 letters (and one diacritic).
'19', of course is '61' upside-down and back-to-front which, I think, explains everything.


Now you come to mention it...

Btw, if you want a special little challenge drive in a Gaeltacht area using a regular old hard copy street map. The place names on the map are in English. The place names on the signs are As Gaeilge. And of course the two don't necessarily translate into each other or are even phonetically related. I live in Arklow, which derives from the Old Norse Arnkell-lág, Arnkell's Meadow. The town's Irish name is, however, An tInbhear Mór, which translates into The Great Estuary (a clear case of Irish hyperbole) and would be anglicised into something along the lines of Invermore. Thank goodness for the local tourism industry Arklow is in Wicklow (Chill Mhantáin) where I doubt the language is spoken by anyone but Dara Ó Briain's dad, but out west it can prove to be quite the headache.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar


Rather an old one, but -

There once was a man from Dún Laoghaire
Who pronounced an interesting theoghaire
that the language of Erse
Has a shortage of verse
as the spelling makes poets so weoghaire

 
Spud McLaren
1150068.  Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:07 am Reply with quote

Actually, Alex, that's the limerick that occasioned the post you've quoted - see post 1016754.

 
Alexander Howard
1150091.  Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:25 am Reply with quote

D'oh!

A poster wrote about Limerick
Found no word to rhyme with .. oh I give up.

Hmm..

A town at the mouth of the Shannon
Had (erm, er, 'cannon'? 'ran on'? . No, I really give up. Ironic, really.)

 
Spud McLaren
1150305.  Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:12 pm Reply with quote

It seems that Lord Ashcroft’s been talking
and a scurrilous story he’s hawking –
that Cameron had
(when a mere undergrad)
rather misunderstood the term “porking”.

 
Zziggy
1150306.  Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:19 pm Reply with quote

Bahahaha!

 
PDR
1150309.  Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:39 pm Reply with quote

When told that our number fact thread
Our competitors was knocking dead
We advised the teller
"We just don't care, fella"
Which somehow just made him see red

My volkswagon emissions test
Was far lower than all the rest
But when I looked closer
It made me moroser:
The numbers were clearly a jest

[actually that penultimate line would probably be better as "It simply weren't kosher:" but I wanted to find a use for the word "moroser"]

PDR


Last edited by PDR on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:43 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
AlmondFacialBar
1150310.  Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:42 pm Reply with quote

A limerick about Limerick you said?

A city right down by the Shannon
Was not well known for its cannons.
But it was known for its knives
Which took a few lives;
For its folks liked to stab with abandon.

Truth is beauty and beauty is truth, right? ;-) Let's just say that over here flick knives are known as Limerick credit cards.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 

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