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BleckCra
2017-10-24 09:15:33
"Who will bless us with the name of this hill and its etymology?" from BleckCra Contract pics
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RISE TO IT
For 30 years I worked as a senior creative in above-the-line-advertising. Executive Creative Director with the then biggest ad agency in Scotland.
It was the tail end of the Madmen era and a place where the very best creative advertising was born and I was lucky enough to apprentice under some of its progenitors.
My first job out of university was as a junior copywriter, working alongside a well known and sometimes sober designer; and was from this font I learned an amazing thing about commercial creative work, through the context of corporate logo design.
"What makes a good logo?" I asked artlessly.
"You see son, you make it that they don't get it at first but then they do. That way they think they worked it out themselves and that way they remember it."
Placenames. Once you've negotiated your way through the Irish, the Polish, the Bantu, the Quechua - once you've unpicked it all, you think you've "worked it out". Thing is, the man just called it that, because that's the way it looked to him.
I have baited Simon 3 many times on mountainviews' translations of mountain names.
I continue in opposition (a compulsory practice in a modern democracy) and he continues to take his ball home.
I am disappointed - not the kind of disappointed in a bank manager's letter - but nearly the disappointed of a lovelorn Shakespearean hero - that no mountainviewer has hopped aboard this funicular with his or her thoughts.
For me, placenames in their native tongue are about as important a thing as you can get.
An invitation into a culture, a history, a people. Devil take the geography.
Is Donard to do with an Irish Saint or a high fort? Is Carrauntoohil any of the exotic possibles or just O'Toole's Carn/Cairn. Or why its parent mountain range is attributed to a Scottish son and not an Irish one. Is there a fundamental and important difference between Hill of the Pig and Pig Hill?
My manor is the Mourne Mountains in Co Down and mountainviews proposes some place name translations here, that prescribe a treatment of breathless laughter and dumb disbelief. Meelmore is my fave. Big Hill of the Ants. Irish wrong; English bad translation; and no ants. Bearnagh is next. Gap toothed. Wow. Some splendid nonsense about boats re Binnian's Back Castles. Doan a fort - yep surrounded on all sides and also confused with Cove Mountain.
Are there any other word crunchers on board this creaky vessel that would like to debate these matters?
If so, can I propose we take a handful of mountainviews translations, work off camera, interrogate them and come back with some constructive suggestions/proposals? If there are any of course.
If form is anything to go by, we shall certainly fail as persuaders, hidden or otherwise - horses and water - but it would be an interesting exercise.
Get me on the Community Messaging service - and that's a whole other thing too.
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