|Posted on Friday, January 14, 2000 - 08:12 am: ||
Most of the sources I've used in trying to learn the language give "práta" for "potato", but I've also seen "fata"--is it a regionalism?
Also, I know there are several dialects--any resource for telling the differences?
|Posted on Friday, January 14, 2000 - 10:01 am: ||
Práta was accepted as the standard form, so you will see and hear it more often. Fata is Conamara dialect. Préata and preáta are said in Ulster.
Dinneen's Dict. has this: "Bheadh na fataí nite, bruithe, ite ag an gConnachtach fhaid is bheadh an Muimhneach ag rádh "prátaí". The Connaughtman would have his potatoes cleaned, cooked and eaten while the Munsterman would [still?] be saying "praties!" (Connaught saying). (I standardized the spelling a bit.)