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Fintan (neta.lisp.com.au - 203.21.133.124)
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A chairde,
A student is after a translation for a personal motto. She has come up with the following, which I feel is quite close enough. Any other suggestions?

My freedom, whatever the cost.
Mo shaoirse, cibé an costas.

Mise le meas,
Fintan

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Aonghus (vpn.parthus.com - 62.221.5.1)
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 05:39 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I don't really think costas is appropriate here, because she probably doesn't mean financial cost.

What about
Mo shaoirse thar aon ní - my freedom before anything else

(btw I find the motto somewhat selfish, ach sin scéal eile)

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Fintan (neta.lisp.com.au - 203.21.133.124)
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 06:29 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Aonghus, a chara,

Go raibh maith agat ar do freagra. Hmmm, yeah I know what you mean, but she's actually really nice. She has dealt with more than enough cac in her life, and just wants a motto to remind herself of that.
I agree that both the English words 'cost' and 'price' are not as evocative as could be desired. Got a copy of Tomás De Bhaldraithe's Focloir? Maybe he has a better, more poetic term....

Anyhoo.... maith thú.

Le meas,
Fintan

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