Degu in Irish??
Does anyone know what a degu is in Irish? I tried to look it up from wikipeadia, but there wasn't anything about degus in irish. I have already learned some animals in Irish and learned to tell that someone has a pet/a dog/a cat. Since I have degus (pet rodents) and I'm currently learning Irish, it would be nice to be able to tell someone in Irish that I have degus. Would they just use the word degu? If so, how would it behave in case of plural/lenited/eclipsed?
Browsing through some of the usual Web sites didn’t reveal an Irish word for “degu“. The spelling “degu” as is would break the caol le caol agus leathan le leathan rule of Irish orthography, so I’d suggest the spelling daegú for Irish instead, since ae is considered a single broad vowel. As the Spanish word degú is masculine, it would be simplest to arbitrarily define daegú as a fourth-declension masculine noun with a strong plural, which would make its declensions
The declensions’ initial mutations would then follow the standard rules for a masculine noun that begins with a d.
Its emphatic forms (i.e. with a possessive adjective, to emphasize or clarify ownership) would be
|1st person sing.||singular||mo dhaegúsa||my degu|
|1st person sing.||plural||mo chuidse daegúnna||my degus|
|2nd person sing.||singular||do dhaegúsa||your degu|
|2nd person sing.||plural||do chuidse daegúnna||your degus|
|3rd person sing. (fem.)||singular||a daegúsa||her degu|
|3rd person sing. (fem.)||plural||a cuidse daegúnna||her degus|
|3rd person sing. (masc.)||singular||a dhaegúsan||his degu|
|3rd person sing. (masc.)||plural||a chuidsean daegúnna||his degus|
|1st person plural||singular||ár ndaegúna||our degu|
|1st person plural||plural||ár gcuidne daegúnna||our degus|
|2nd person plural||singular||bhur ndaegúsa||your degu|
|2nd person plural||plural||bhur gcuidse daegúnna||your degus|
|3rd person plural||singular||a ndaegúsan||their degu|
|3rd person plural||plural||a gcuidsean daegúnna||their degus|
Note that the plural emphatic forms could have the emphatic suffix on daegúnna instead of on cuid, e.g. a gcuid daegúnnasan ; it will never be on both of them.
Alternatively, just as the Irish for “rat” is luch fhrancach (“French mouse”) or simply francach, perhaps the Irish for “degu” could be luch shileach (“Chilean mouse”) or simply sileach. ;*) Sileach would be a first-declension masculine noun with a weak plural,
and their initial mutations would follow the standard rules for a masculine noun that begins with si. The nominative singular, which ends with a broad consonant, would have the same emphatic suffixes as daegú, e.g. mo shileachsa. The genitive singular, which ends with a slender consonant, would have the same emphatic suffixes as cuid, e.g. le hais ár sileaighne (“compared with our degu”).
Of course, if there already is an Irish word for “degu” that isn’t daegú (or sileach) as described above, you should get the equivalent relevant information from someone who knows what the word really is, and leave a reply in the discussion here with that information for future reference.
If there isn’t an Irish word for “degu” yet, direct your Irish-speaking interlocutors to this page to explain what you’d meant by e.g. Tá daegúnna agam or An bhfuil sileaigh agat? . ;*)