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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2001 (January-June) » Is there an Irish phrase « Previous Next »

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K. Roush (acq16.mse.jhu.edu - 128.220.8.229)
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2001 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

that is used when people sneeze? I'm not trying to be silly here, just curious. The idea of needing to say "Gesundheit" or "Bless you" is a very old custom. So it seems to me that there must be an equivalent.

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Dutchgael (c119143.upc-c.chello.nl - 212.187.119.143)
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2001 - 08:09 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

"Dia linn" is the phrase you're looking for. For pronunciation, see http://www.daltai.com/grammar/phrases/phrases004.htm

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Seosamh (2cust31.tnt9.nyc3.da.uu.net - 63.23.129.31)
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2001 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia linn can be said when anything alarming happens from a loud noise to bad news. The more serious the alarm, the more choices you have of what to say, it seems. For example, Dia idir sinn agus an anachain (usually translated as 'God between us and all harm').

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Dennis (c792392-a.sttln1.wa.home.com - 24.19.205.18)
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2001 - 02:01 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

One can also answer a sneeze with "Deiseal!" Not as common as "Dia linn" or "Dia leat", though.

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