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Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras.

Hunger is a good sauce.

Note: Dies Alliensis -- 18 July, 390 B.C. -- was a day of infamy for the Roman state. It was the day the Roman Army was routed by a band of pagan Celts at the banks of the river Allia. This defeat led to the subsequent sack of Rome by these "barbarians". Almost four centuries later, Julius Caesar would take Rome's revenge on the clans of the continental Celts. Ceasar's victory over Vercingetorex marked the beginning of the end of "the First Golden Age of the Celts" (p. 21, Alexei Kondratiev, The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual,Collins Press, 1998). Meanwhile, Marcus Tullius Cicero may have borrowed this week's seanfhocal when he wrote, "Optimum condimentum fames." (Hunger is the best sauce.)

Note also: The definite article 'an' prefixes a 't' in the nominative and accusative case before all singular masculine nouns that begin with a vowel. So the words 'anlann' and 'ocras' which are masculine gender, singular number, require a 't' before them when they are modified by the definite article 'an.'

How does one know that these words are masculine gender? Endings can give a clue. Nouns ending in '...as' are almost always masculine. In general, nouns ending with broad consonants are usually masculine. However, there are exceptions. For example, unlike the word anlann, most words ending in '...lann' are feminine like amharclann (theatre), bialann (restaurant), dánlann (art gallery), leabharlann (library), and pictiúirlann (cinema). To be certain, therefore, it is a good idea to memorize the noun's gender when you learn the noun.