Neat-o foreign words; This will be of interest to no one, except possibly Semillama, but only if he's very very bored Words: Neat-o foreign words; This will be of interest to no one, except possibly Semillama, but only if he's very very bored

By Rhiannon on Sunday, September 12, 1999 - 09:01 pm:

    In Scot Gaelic

    alla-bhuadhach: victorious, but in disgrace

    altachadh: act of articulating joints; act of moving to excercise one's self after being in a cramped position

    amhain: lying on the back without power of moving

    arrabhalach: a traitor; a person that conceals himself in a house to bear away tidings

    atamaich: to fondle an unreasonable person

    ballart: boasting, fuss about one's family

    basardaich: clapping of hands with joy

    beachach: waspish, abounding with bees

    bleid: a sly kind of impertinent begging

    braoisgire: one that distorts his mouth in contempt

    brioghmhoireachd: the state of being full of meaning

    burrghlasach: brutally passionate

    caithris: the stae of being exhausted and worn out by watching

    ciamhadh: pulling by the hair

    cibh: a wreath of snow

    cinneabhag: a young woman who prides herself on her family

    claidean: an absurd hammering at anything

    clomhar: to scratch by shrugging the shoulders

    cnapanach: a strong lump of a boy [it really says that!]

    cnead: a sudden moan

    cneasnaich: to squeeze and shake a person

    cnuimh: a worm, a maggot; a toothache

    conachair: a sick person who gets neither better nor worse in health

    corra-chodal: sleeping on one's elbow

    deaghrach: stinging tingling pain

    dearmail: anxiety, solicitude, worldliness

    draghaistich: to drag in an absurd or childish way

    dreineag: a grinning girl

    drip: a snare meant for another but ensnaring the author of it

    duileachd: doubt, suspicion, as of a child

    easaraich: the state of requiring much attendance and service without moving from your seat

    fuileamain: a bleeding toe

    gaillseach: a large mouthful which makes the cheeks bulge out

    gair-bhaite: a drowning cry

    gealtachd: cowardice; insanity

    glamarsaich: noisy lapping as of a hungry dog

    grac: to frighten a child with frowns

    greadan: a considerable time with all one's might at anything

    greigh: uncommon heat of the sun after bursting out from under a cloud

    iarbhail: consequence, the remains of a disease

    laoran: a person too fond of the fireside

    leireadh: the act of the severest mental torture

    liobh: a slimy substance like blood on the surface of water

    mionagamaid: supressed anxious whispering

    moit: pretended indifference, shyness while speaking about a thing one is very keen for

    neagaid: a little sob or sigh, often repeated, as a person before or after weeping

    plodh: anything put temporarily together; a sick person that dies on getting the slightest cold or injury; a man hardly hanging together

    ruic: undesirable fondness

    seana-chrionta: old-fashioned, too wise for one's years

    sgaift: to burst in consequence of eating too much

    sgeamhaltrach: one who does something furiously

    sgean, sgian: a startled, hunted look

    sgiomalaireachd: mean habits of popping in upon people at meals: living (and doing nothing) about gentlemen's kitchens

    sgleo: a dimness of the eyes, a shade, a haze; romancing of one who sees imperfectly, and consequently misrepresents facts

    spriolag: an evil genius

    srann: a drink as deep as one's breath will permit him

    tacharan: the yelling of ghosts or orphans

    teodhadh: act of warming, simmering, glowing with love

    tuairisgeul: a description, report; a made-up story

    uallach: a burden, in a moral sense; a hard task

By Swine on Sunday, September 12, 1999 - 09:23 pm:

    how do you pronounce "atamaich"?

    i was just doing that yesterday afternoon.

By Droop on Sunday, September 12, 1999 - 09:38 pm:

    my irish grandmother died a long time ago, when i was pretty young. i can remember she used to pepper her speech with the occasional gaelic phrase. the only i can really remember is something that sounded like "kithawg" and meant left-handed. my sister was left-handed and my grandmother would shake her head and say that.

    so much for being in touch with my irish roots.

By Rhiannon on Sunday, September 12, 1999 - 10:55 pm:

    atamaich: at' - am (short a for both) - ich (like in German)

    My dictionary's a bitch and only gives the pronunciation for some words. Like you're supposed to guess at the others or something.

    There are three Gaelic words for left-handed. (Note: there's Irish Gaelic and Scot Gaelic, which aren't necessarily similar)


    I'm guessing the last one is the "kithawg" sounding word. The language also is a bitch in that it is entirely NOT phonetic.

    But then when you think about the words tough, cough, plough, dough, and through, it's a miracle anybody can learn how to speak English, either.

By Droop on Monday, September 13, 1999 - 12:31 am:

    thanks. i think i'll go drink a srann of whisky in your honor.

By J on Monday, September 13, 1999 - 01:58 am:

    I,m having a mudslide,but I,m all good with Celtic.If I have a few more of these,I,ll be seeing leprocauns and fairies,and dancing round a may pole.

By Semillama on Tuesday, September 14, 1999 - 07:58 pm:

    what's truly awesome is lenition -liek how the letter h modifies how a word is pronounced. It usuallu cancels out the letter in front of it, like caithris, pronounced something like kaye-hhrish (i think, it's been a while).

    Also bh is a 'vuh' sound, so bheainn is pronounced vein and mh is a 'wuh' sound so Samhain is sowwen, not sam-hane.

    Sorry, Glen Danzig.

By Waffles on Wednesday, September 15, 1999 - 12:12 pm:


By Spider on Friday, May 10, 2002 - 09:25 am:

    These really are cool, aren't they?

    I've always been fascinated with words whose definitions are so strange or specific that you can't believe there's a unique word for that.

    Like defenestration. "Throwing a person or thing out the window." What the - ? Why is there a word for that? Does it happen so often?

    The Gaelic words above are neat because they provide a window into the culture:

    "gealtachd: cowardice; insanity"

    I like this one:

    "moit: pretended indifference, shyness while speaking about a thing one is very keen for"

    I have that. It's warming to know that many other people must, also, if there is a unique word for it. In English, in my favorite book from childhood, there's a line like, "His voice was no longer remote, only colorless, as though he were speaking of something he cared for very much." 20+ words to accomplish what the Scots could say with one.

By Margret on Friday, May 10, 2002 - 01:22 pm:

    You know what I like? I like using 'keen on' as 'into'. I'm keen on that!

By Spider on Friday, March 7, 2008 - 01:53 pm:

    I've always gotten a thrill when I see a word with a meaning so specific and odd it's hard to believe there's a word just for that.

    Now I'm having that experience doing classification.

    Poetry in the catalog:








    Unrequited love

    Emotional contagion

    Bears [Gay men]

    Subject heading:
    Wakefulness (May Subd Geog)

By Spider on Friday, March 7, 2008 - 03:38 pm:

    Crowding stress (May Subd Geog)

By droopy on Friday, March 7, 2008 - 03:56 pm:

    this is a word i just heard coined on the radio show "calling all pets".

    penguinemonium (a group - flock? - of penguines)

By Spider on Friday, March 7, 2008 - 11:36 pm:

    According to James Liption (yes, that James Lipton) the collective noun for penguins is the colony. (Boring.)

    the full list

By Dr Pepper on Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 05:47 pm:

    My son loved penguin, the kids at his school called him " the penguin".

By droopy on Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 06:27 pm:

    you have a son, dr. pepper? tell me more about him. does this mean you have a wife? other kids?

By Dr Pepper on Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 07:09 pm:

    I was married, but not anymore. I have two children, I thought I told you before about this?

By Spider on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 03:03 pm:





    Anthropological aspects (of baseball)

By semillama on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 04:12 pm:

By blindswine on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 04:16 pm:

    you sick, sick bastard.

By droopy on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 04:30 pm:

    that cartoon is going to haunt me.

By Spider on Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 09:42 pm:


    I like this one

    LC Subject Heading:

    Water sex (May Subd Geog)
    USE FOR:
    Aquatic sex
    Sex in the water
    Underwater sex

By Dr Pepper on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 01:31 am:

By Spider on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 02:59 pm:

    Beauty, Personal (child psychology)

    Psychology of the marvelous

    Personal space. Crowding stress
    Cf. HV6177 Cause of crime

    LC heading:
    Problem employees--Drama.

By patrick on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 05:55 pm:

    i took eva to the library today to get her very own library card. we checked out a bunch of books. i checked out a book on sailing. i think we might learn how to sail. i want to see what im getting into.

By kazu on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 09:35 pm:

    I got my very own library card today too!

By Spider on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:37 pm:

    Today I got to watch part of a documentary on Oscar Wilde that includes the only known recording of him reading "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."

    He sounds exactly like you think he'd sound. His accent is the kind that makes one pronounce "toast" as "taste."

By Spider on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 03:14 pm:

    Biology (General)--Life--Degeneration

    Psychology--Personality--Personality types--Special personality traits or aspects, A-Z--Machiavellianism

    Aesthetics. Handsomeness in men. Including ugliness in men.

    Psychology--Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior--Sexual animosity

    Psychology--Personality--Personality types--Special personality traits or aspects, A-Z--Pedantry

By Spider on Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 12:48 pm:

    Cf. BF592.V64 Expression of the emotions

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