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 Post subject: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Mon 13 Jul 2020 6:04 pm 
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Hello, I have seen a similar topic multiple times, but not exactly what I'm looking for. So I apologize if I've just missed it. I would like to get "mo chuisle mo chroí" tattooed on my wrists. First question is, would it not make sense if I split the two sections "mo chuisle" and "mo chroi" one for each wrist? Its a sort of memorial tattoo for my pets that have passed and I plan on having a paw print above each one. Second question is can someone post what it looks like in old Irish Gaelic? I cant seem to find the font available anywhere online. Thank you for your help and opinions welcome!


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 Post subject: Re: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Thu 16 Jul 2020 8:06 pm 
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wibucky99 wrote:
Hello, I have seen a similar topic multiple times, but not exactly what I'm looking for. So I apologize if I've just missed it. I would like to get "mo chuisle mo chroí" tattooed on my wrists. First question is, would it not make sense if I split the two sections "mo chuisle" and "mo chroi" one for each wrist? Its a sort of memorial tattoo for my pets that have passed and I plan on having a paw print above each one. Second question is can someone post what it looks like in old Irish Gaelic? I cant seem to find the font available anywhere online. Thank you for your help and opinions welcome!

Separating them is fine. They can be used in various ways:

Mo chuisle [My pulse/dear]
Mo chroí [My heart]

Cuisle mo chroí [Pulse of my heart]

If addressed to the person (the "my" part is understood):

A cuisle [O (my) pulse/dear]
A croí [O (my) heart]
A cuisle mo chroí [O pulse of my heart]

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 Post subject: Re: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Sat 18 Jul 2020 11:20 am 
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CaoimhínSF wrote:
If addressed to the person (the "my" part is understood):

A cuisle [O (my) pulse/dear]
A croí [O (my) heart]
A cuisle mo chroí [O pulse of my heart]


A chuisle (…), A chroí.


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 Post subject: Re: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Sun 19 Jul 2020 12:29 am 
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Not sure about the lenition there. Most endearments don't take lenition in the vocative, unlike other words. Maybe Bríd can tell us for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Sun 19 Jul 2020 6:49 pm 
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CaoimhínSF wrote:
Not sure about the lenition there. Most endearments don't take lenition in the vocative, unlike other words. Maybe Bríd can tell us for sure.



A chuisle
A chroí


I don't know about grammar but lenition certainly sounds correct to me. It's what I'd say myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Sun 19 Jul 2020 8:14 pm 
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CaoimhínSF wrote:
Not sure about the lenition there. Most endearments don't take lenition in the vocative, unlike other words. Maybe Bríd can tell us for sure.


Some endearments don't take the vocative (= genitive) form, e.g. a rún, a stór (not *a rúin, *a stóir)
because words like "rún" or "stór" are used metaphorically.

But all of them are lenited as far as possible (of course rún and stór can't)
because the leniting particle "a" is always used, so a chuisle, a chroí


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 Post subject: Re: Tattoo help please
PostPosted: Sun 19 Jul 2020 10:16 pm 
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Some endearments don't take the vocative (= genitive) form, e.g. a rún, a stór (not *a rúin, *a stóir)
because words like "rún" or "stór" are used metaphorically.

But all of them are lenited as far as possible (of course rún and stór can't)
because the leniting particle "a" is always used, so a chuisle, a chroí

Got it. I knew that at least some endearments didn't change for the vocative, but didn't realize that they were still lenited.

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