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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2003 (July-September) » Help for New Grandma/Grandpa « Previous Next »

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Heather Fraser Hurtt (158.222.227.200 - 158.222.227.200)
Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My brother is having his first child in November and my parents are of Irish/Scottish decent. They are looking for endearing alternatives for "grandma" and "grandpa." I would appreciate any help in translation and pronunciation. Thank you so much.

-Heather Fraser Hurtt

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James (199.112.55.62 - 199.112.55.62)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 03:30 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Séanathair = Grandfather

Séanmhathair = Grandmother

Literally, these mean "old father" and "old mother" respectively.

There are a couple of diminutive forms or alternatives that I can't call to mind right now. Give me a bit to dig out a dictionary and I'll try to provide something a bit easier on the tongue.

There are a number of native speakers who can also give you some more "authentic" options. Many of them grandmothers and grandfathers, themselves!

Le meas,

James

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Antóin (159.134.180.216 - 159.134.180.216)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 06:32 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Mamó - Grandma. Pronounced Mam-Oh

Daideo - Grandad. Not sure of pronunciation

Don't think seanathair and seanmhathair would be used by a child to address grandparents.

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PAD (12.89.148.186 - 12.89.148.186)
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 07:24 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Daideo Dad- Oh

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hfraserhurtt (64.168.12.154 - 64.168.12.154)
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 08:46 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thanks so much for your help!
I really appreciate it.
-Heather

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James (199.112.55.62 - 199.112.55.62)
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 07:33 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Heather, A Chara,

Don't forget yourself in this equation. You are the child's aunt. I believe that word is "Antín" or something close to that.

"From the cradle" is an idiomatic expression meaning to have learned Irish as a first language. Sound's like this kid is going to be well on his/her way!

Le meas,

James

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