Re: [scots-origins] Gaelic
- Though I would not insult the Scots by trying to spell it, I suspect what
you heard was the gaelic for "water of life" or the national dram. Whisky
so truely the water of life.
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Sent: Friday, July 01, 2005 6:06 AM
Subject: Re: [scots-origins] Gaelic
> In a message dated 6/30/2005 6:49:51 A.M. Central Standard Time,
> mmeadows@... writes:
> I recently heard, (maybe this is Gaelic)
> it sounded like, Usa Begga, or Osa Begg?
> Can someone help? Is this the name of
> an Island?
> What you see as Usa is perhaps a form of Orsa/ors which is a dialetual
> that word up) for the Gaelic term arsa sort of said ean qwit Arsa as with
> most Gaelic words is a conceptual word who's meaning may change depending
> Begg means small and Usa beg would mean perhaps sickly small or as one
> say in the English Puny. so a small island called Cat Island may be
> referred to as that puny wee Island called cat. (PHONETIC) Ish na arsa
> Eelun Kat
> Hope that helps.
> PS only about 4 weeks until TVScots will be available on North American TV
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- In a message dated 7/5/2005 5:42:03 A.M. Central Standard Time,
Let me assure you sir or madam there is not insult or slight ever taken by
one who tries to speak or write the Gaelic uisge-beatha (being very dyslexic I
had to look up the spelling to insure it was correct) it is pronounced, more
or less Eee sh kah va
One of my uncles made the best in all the Gaidhhealtachd (Gael Tech) For
many years the Inland Revenue attempted to seek out his wee pot of gold, but all
to no avail. Then one Sabbath afternoon, he went down to check his stock and
possibly get a wee dram and there was a loud boom and the largest blue flame
I have ever seen in my life and the still was gone. Many said it was the lord
punishing him, and for that matter the whole community/village for his
indulgences on the Sunday. In those days you did not draw water from the well,
cook a meal, plow a field or any type of work from Saturday midnight to Sunday
Midnight. All work and preparation was done on the Saturday evening. The
Sunday was spent reading the Bible, in quiet talk, or just sitting by the fire or
outside with your pipe. The wee ones constantly heard " Wh ee shT a veel "
be quiet or quiet down.
Though I would not insult the Scots by trying to spell it, I suspect what
you heard was the Gaelic for "water of life" or the national dram. Whisky
so truely the water of life.
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