Just as a matter of curiosity, how old is the word tidsear? I was racking my brains trying to remember the word we used to use about 60 years ago. I think it was fear teagaisg or maighistear maybe?

December 6, 2019


It's not in Dwelly (published c.1920), so within roughly the last century. It is common usage now though.

Either of your other examples are possible.

Thank you, and thanks for all the dictionary references. It's not in my MacAlpine and Mackenzie dictionary from 1975 either. All languages are continuously developing, at least living languages are, and that's a good thing.

There is an online version of Dwelly's Dictionary here: I put in "teacher" and quite a few alternatives came up.

That's an older version of that site. You are better using this version.

Sorry people seemed to be disliking your post? I hope they put all the dialectal translations in the course.

They'd be here a long time if they did. Contrary to common belief outside our culture Gaelic has a highly extensive vocabulary.

G'day, Jim!

Your profile says "Native Australian English speaker". Wondering if you're Noongar?

I should probably change that. I'm trying to say that the English I speak is Australian English. I have lived in Australia since I was very young.

Same here, mate. Glasgow > Perth in 1981.

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