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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
i was just doing that yesterday afternoon.
so much for being in touch with my irish roots.
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.
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.
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.
Now I'm having that experience doing classification.
Poetry in the catalog:
Bears [Gay men]
Wakefulness (May Subd Geog)
penguinemonium (a group - flock? - of penguines)
the full list
Anthropological aspects (of baseball)
I like this one
LC Subject Heading:
Water sex (May Subd Geog)
Sex in the water
Beauty, Personal (child psychology)
Psychology of the marvelous
Personal space. Crowding stress
Cf. HV6177 Cause of crime
He sounds exactly like you think he'd sound. His accent is the kind that makes one pronounce "toast" as "taste."
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
Cf. BF592.V64 Expression of the emotions