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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgarBear1969

I've just realised that Dùn Èideann (Edinburgh)...

... is the inspiration for Dunedin, on the south island of New Zealand. facepalm

I'm sure this is a well known fact. I've even been there myself. It's literally just dawned on me, when listening to the audio files in the course.

:P

December 8, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

I also had that realisation in this course. :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MimiMcC99999

I had a similar realization about Dunedin, on the west coast of Florida!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_leDeej

Mischievous Kiwis used to tell intrepid young adventurers to Scotland that Edinburgh and Dunedin even share the same city layout, so no need for a map.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

I've certainly known it for as long as I can remember. Lovely that it's becoming more widely known. The bit that puzzles me right now is that, if Ayr is Inbhir Àir, what's the Gaelic for Inveraray? (OK I just looked it up, it's Inbhir Aora.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Morag_Kerr

I know someone who is compiling an entire OS 1:50,000 scale map of Scotland with all the place names in Gaelic. I asked what he was doing with places where the name doesn't have a Gaelic origin and he said, I translate the name into Gaelic from whatever language it was in originally.

He says there are Gaelic-root place names all over Scotland, don't let anyone tell you there is any part of Scotland where "Gaelic was never spoken". Of course a couple of miles from here we have Garvald (garbh allt) and similar. However my friend did start moaning about Elsrickle. "I mean it's just a string of letters, what do you do with that?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robin420768

Kudos to your friend, Morag, as often the translation isn't at all obvious. I lived in Falkirk (Gàidhlig = An Eaglais Bhreac) for years. Falkirk = fa' kirk = speckled church = An Eaglais Bhreac

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