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"Tha mi fileanta ann am Beurla."

Translation:I am fluent in English.

March 8, 2020



Where does "Beurla" come from? Anybody know the etymology?


the simple root comes from Old Irish "bél," which just means mouth, then add an "-ra" for the Old Irish of "bélrae," which is "language or speech." English originally would have been called "Sacs-Bhéarla," or "Saxon language." eventually that got clipped into plain "Béarla." time goes on, the word evolves into "Beurla" in Gaelic. so it went from mouth, to language, to English

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