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Making Cents of It

September 19, 2016
  • sgillin (SKEE-lin) penny

GRAMMAR: sgillin, like latha (day) remains singular after numbers:

  • dà sgillin  (DAH SKEE-lin) two pennies
  •  trì sgillin (TREE SKEE-lin) three pennies
  • dà not (DAH NOHT) two pounds
  •  trì notaichean (TREE NOHT-uh-chin)  three pounds

Notice that not like uair, becomes plural at  trì, not at 

[Plural says to Uair, “You had me at trì.“] 

Now is a good time to review the rules for THE.  In fact, every time is a good time to review the rules for THE, especially if you’re at a really boring dinner party and need a good excuse to get away.  So here’s a link to THE.

I may continue to be a bit erratic in posting, as I have just released a music lesson book, am in the home stretch of editing the medieval food/history book, have another author’s book I need to finish editing, and am still working on my home.  (Picking up painting supplies today for my daughter to paint the hall and the new trim, while we can still have the doors open!)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Henry permalink
    October 15, 2016 12:08 am

    Hello! I was curious if you could help me out with a word. So within the Nordic countries, they have a special ancient Norse word which is ‘friluftsliv’ which is a compound word with “liv” which means “life” and “friluft” meaning “in tune” with nature or “nature-bound”. So in short it means like a cultural or natural connection with nature. I was curious if there are any words in Scottish Gaelic which would be the same? Any help would be nice. Thank you, Henry.

    • January 5, 2018 3:44 pm

      Hi, Henry, off the top of my head, I can’t give you specifics. I would think there are such words, as many languages have that. Maybe another reader will let us know of some examples.

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