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BleckCra
2013-11-05 21:19:07
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Context of comment:and coilinmacl ........ you are just right to put it out here. This is not the first and not likely to be the last time our translation of mountain names on the site seem to be more than a bit dodgy.
I agree with you on Tuirin - little tower. Beatha (ie life) doesn't (and you hit the nail on the head) "make much sense in a mountain context". I think the plosive consonant would be softened in any case if it were beatha. The fact that baha shows 2 clear syllables is interesting so it may not translate just as cattle - which you and I if not our translator, understand to be the old economic currency and thus a good candidate - eg the second syllable could be something like an abbreviation of eg ard (although I am not proposing it) - so eg ...... little tower of the high cattle - which makes a lot more sense (in a "mountain context") than the ....... somethingorother of life.
Courtesy of our translator, we have a couple of clinkers up here in the North. Slieve Bearnagh which features in its cols, 2 of the most distinctive gaps in the Mournes and which provided invaluable direct access from the coast to the hinterlands ..., according to our translator is called the Gapped Mountain because of a gap between its 2 summit tors. Certainly a gap somewhere - knowledge perhaps. Next we have Meelmore which apparently translates not as the big bald/empty/plain one but as the big mountain of the ants Yep, you got it - ants. Ants?!
Anyway I have heard from other parties concerns about our translations so I think it is time we addressed this. Nach bhfuil?
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