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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 2005- » 2005 (May-June) » Archive through May 20, 2005 » Once Upon A Time? « Previous Next »

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Dori
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Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 03:55 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A Chairde,
What would be the Irish for, "Once Upon a Time" and "Happily Ever After"? I could pick it out literally but am sure there must be an idiomatic phrase or two that captures the meaning.
Le Meas,
Dori

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James
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Post Number: 207
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2005 - 07:30 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Fadó, Fadó is something I've seen translated as "long, long ago" which is pretty close to "once upon a time."

As for happily ever after...better wait for someone more accomplished than I am for that one!

Le meas,

james

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Aonghus
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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2005 - 04:13 am:   Edit Post Print Post

It depends:
Once upon a time is a stock start for a tale.

Fadó, fadó is one possibility.

But more usually it would be:
Bhí (fear/bean/rí/prionsa/whatever) ann fadó, agus fadó do bhí. ... Rest of story ....

There are a number of stock endings to take the place of happily ever after.

Mhair siad go sona sásta as sin amach - "and they lived happily from then on" is simplest. But storytellers had a whole range of rhymes to end stories.

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Cailindoll
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Post Number: 80
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2005 - 08:03 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Lá breá samhraidh . . . . seems to be a once upon a time substitute that starts many stories.

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James
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Post Number: 211
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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2005 - 09:56 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Bhí fear ann fadó is how my copy of Séanna begins. I should have remembered that!

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Dori
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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2005 - 01:18 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thank you all for helpful suggestions.
Dori



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