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The "What is this Irish word/phrase in English" thread



  • Registered Users Posts: 21,999 ✭✭✭✭Esel

    Giota dearg/rua?

    Not your ornery onager

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,615 ✭✭✭maninasia

    Good effort, wish I had that level still.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,999 ✭✭✭✭Esel

    Foclóir (Ó Siochfhradha) - An Comhlacht Oideachais 1998

    Gaeilge/Bearla and English/ Irish Dictionary

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    Not your ornery onager

  • Registered Users Posts: 1 jbond52

    I was just trying to figure out the same thing. I have heard it used usually in reference to someone who is big and awkward. I have only heard it used around the southeast.

    If there are no takers then let’s use “amlach” as the spelling 😊

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,613 ✭✭✭✭josip

    I'm from the south east and amlach would have been common in everyday (English) speech. Would have been used to describe anyone who was clumsy, not just big in my experience. But we were never taught the word in Irish in school and I've never seen it written before now.

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