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Thanks! (cache-1.lnh.md.webcache.rcn.net - 207.172.11.147)
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2000 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post Print Post

My friend just bought a new puppy, and it looks just like a little white rabbit. She wants to call it something Gaelic, and she thought the gaelic words for white rabbit would be nice if they are not to hard to say. Can anyone help with the translation and pronunciation?

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Laigheanach (ts12-238.dublin.indigo.ie - 194.125.172.238)
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2000 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Coinín bán
(CU-NEEN BAWN)

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Richie (webcache03b.cache.pol.co.uk - 195.92.194.13)
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2000 - 11:16 am:   Edit Post Print Post

My aunt used to have a dog, and she called it 'Mavourneen'- (Mah-Vorr-Nyeen). This basically means 'Love' in Irish. (Am I right about this?)

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Seosamh (1cust47.tnt14.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.142.47)
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2000 - 01:17 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

It does when used idiomatically as a term of endearment. As in 'Pass me the paper when you're done, love'. The actual word for 'love' in Irish is grá.

In Irish, mavourneen is two words: mo mhuirnín. They mean 'my love' or, 'my beloved' or, 'my darling.' In direct address people would say 'a mhuirnín,' but that's something only people learning Irish need to bother about. The phrase came over into English a long ways back as a single word and is fine as a name (for a pet or a boat or something -- I hope there are no kids out there with it.)

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