Dispatches from A
Not So Dead Language
Darach Ó Séaghdha
Motherfocloir' – (focloir means 'dictionary' and is pronounced like a rather
more vulgar English epithet) is a book based on the popular
Twitter account @theirishfor. As the title suggests, 'Motherfocloir'
takes an irreverent, pun-friendly and contemporary approach
to the Irish language. The translations are expanded on
and arranged into broad categories that allow interesting
connections to be made, and sprinkled with anecdotes and
observations about Irish and Ireland itself, as well as
language in general. The author includes stories about
his own relationship with Irish, and how it fits in with
the most important events in his life. This is a book for
all lovers of the quirks of language – any language.
A fada can make all the difference. Fail – destiny. Fáil
The Irish word for an extremist is ‘antioiseach’, not
to be confused with ‘An Taoiseach’, (The Irish Prime
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