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New Irish-English Dictionary Includes Words For Selfie, Pandemic & Brexit

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03:23 30 Oct 2020


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One-point-eight million words are featured in the new English Irish dictionary released today.

It's the first update in 60 years and includes translations for social distancing, selfie, pandemic, and Brexit.

The new version took 11 years to compile and contains 1-point-8 million words.

Podcaster and author Darach O Sea says dictionaries are still very popular:

"The internet resources are phenomenal for Folcoir.ie."

"There are 1000s of entries with audio file versions where you can hear the pronunciation of the word in Connamara Irish, Kerry Irish and Ulster Irish."

Mr Ó Sea says where the internet is handy for people on the go, a hard copy version is very useful.

"Its's useful for browsing around entries and finding a word next to the one you're looking for."

 

President Higgins Joined By Famous Gaelgóirs To Launch Dictionary

 

The new edition was launched today by President Michael D Higgins.

Speaking at its launched President Higgins said  “Dictionaries are critical tools for any language community."

"They allow communities to express themselves confidently and effectively in their own language."

He said dictionaries preserve "the richness – the saibhreas – of a language.”

He was joined by other famous Gaeilgeoirs including Mary McAleese, Dara Ó Briain and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh for the event.

Some of the new translations include:

home office - oifig bhaile

fake news - bréagnuacht

selfie - féinín

banana bread - arán banana

social distancing - scaradh sóisialta

pandemic - paindéim

coronavirus - coróinvíreas

cyberbullying - cibearbhulaíocht

online banking - baincéireacht ar líne

Brexit - Breatimeacht

to make a hames of something - praiseach a dhéanamh de rud

it’s at your own risk - ar do phriacal féin atá sé

 

 


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