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Proverbs

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Is maith sú bó, beo nó marbh.

The juice of the cow is good, alive or dead.

Note: With apologies to our vegetarian friends, cows are among those few animals who provide us nourishment both when alive (milk) and when departed (a nice juicy steak). Some things in life are unfailingly good, no matter what the circumstances.

Note also: The pronunciation of the words "bó" and "beo" are different. The only phonetic difference between the two pronunciations is that "bó" is pronounced with a broad "b," while "beo" is pronounced with a slender "b." If you listen closely to the speaker, you should hear a short i-sound, like the "i" in the English word "hit," after the "b" of "beo" that is not spoken after the "b" in "bó." This short, slight, trailing i-sound is characteristic of slender consonants. Slender consonants are indicated when either the vowel "i" or "e" appears next to a consonant.

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