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  5. "Croit mhòr ann an Uibhist."

"Croit mhòr ann an Uibhist."

Translation:A big croft in Uist.

January 12, 2020



Wikipedia: A croft is a fenced or enclosed area of land, usually small and arable, and usually, but not always, with a crofter's dwelling thereon. A crofter is one who has tenure and use of the land, typically as a tenant farmer, especially in rural areas.


Do people in the islands say in English "in Uist" as opposed to "on Uist"? I've always said "on Barra", "on Mull" rather than "in Barra" etc. However, I was brought up in the Borders a long way from the islands.


They refer to being IN an island in the Hebrides. In addition, in Lewis (e.g.), anybody coming to the island is said to be coming home - even if their actual home is somewhere completely different.


There is a huge amount of variation between languages, and little logic even within a language. You just have to learn the custom in each language. In Gaelic they say in Lewis but on the Highlands.

And you may think you say on for an island but I bet you don't say on Britain or on Ireland.


As a born and bred islander I would definitely say "He has a house on Jura", "There is an airport on Islay" or "There is a brewery on Colonsay"


My experience is that they do not. But apparently my family are wrong.


My late mother was from Lewis and literally she never said in any of the islands only on. Ditto my many relatives. It is also not natural English.


Yes, but neither Lewis nor Uist is an island. Lewis is half an island and Uist is a collection of islands. The problem is that they are often thought of islands, so you are bound to get both prepositions used. I bet that the majority of people who would say one way or the other would say they are both islands?


I put in because that gets me the right answer. But I think marking on wrong is a nonsense.


Uist is not an island though, it's a word used to refer to a group of islands.

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