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fearraigh commented on the word trivet
A small iron stand on which to place a hot teapot or other receptacle.
June 13, 2007
fearraigh commented on the word sesquipedalian
Wordy; bad wordy, not good Wordie
fearraigh commented on the word donnybrook
Named after Donnybrook Fair, infamous in the 19th century for its faction fights; long since gentrified. 'It has turned into a veritable donnybrook', Apu watching mob warfare unfold in one episode of The Simpsons
February 23, 2007
fearraigh commented on the word cat
As an adjective in Ireland, it means 'terrible', 'disgusting' or 'odious'.
fearraigh commented on the word switzer
We call them Swiss these days, but the name of their country is a pleasing remnant of Rennaissance English.
fearraigh commented on the word chamfer
Made by planing, or chiselling off an arris
fearraigh commented on the word shower
I prefer its use for a contemptible group.
February 22, 2007
fearraigh commented on the word wee
Only as the Scots/Irish variant of 'small'; the euphemism for 'piss' is a bit too prissy for my liking.
fearraigh commented on the word churn
I like the laborious metre and sound of the word, and I'm also nostalgic for watching my Granny making butter when I was a wee fellow.
fearraigh commented on the word weeds
I like its archaic synonym for 'livery', as cited above.
fearraigh commented on the word scrotum
I first learned this off Billy Connolly when I was about ten; it was his 'Last Chicken in Sainsbury's' sketch. For some time I was pronouncing it with a rolled Scots 'r'. And look how I turned out...
fearraigh commented on the word parameter
The endemic misuse of this word as a synonym for 'perimeter' - i.e. "within those parameters" - is a constant source of irritation for me. The French have both 'périmètre' and 'paramètre' and manage not to confound them.
December 13, 2006
fearraigh commented on the word corrupt
My preference is for this as a verb.
fearraigh commented on the list fearraigh-s-words
n. Particularly contemptuous (and lusty) term for a fool in rural Irish slang. Used by Patrick Kavanagh, among others.
fearraigh commented on the word mot
n.(pronounced phonetically) Dublin slang for wife or girlfriend. Largely considered derogatory, seeing as it derives from a former slang word for 'vagina'.
fearraigh commented on the word brutal
In Ireland (especially Dublin), also a synonym for 'terrible' or 'awful'.
fearraigh commented on the word sky-pilot
n. Derogatory Irish slang for a priest, a rare example of 20c anti-clericism. Its etymology is self-evident.
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