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"Taigh-beag snog."

Translation:A nice toilet.

March 13, 2020

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RIK-6075

Small House, in American English we've called that an Out House.


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

A nice small house?


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

Taigh-beag = the wee hoosie = the toilet

Goes back to the days when the toilet was a separate small edifice away from the house, probably an earth closet.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joannejoanne12

As an addition to Morag's comment, 'a nice small house' won't be accepted.

  • a nice toilet > taigh-beag snog

  • a nice small house > taigh beag snog

The difference is only a hyphen, but it does make a difference :)


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

This was an audio question. So unless there is a difference in pronunciation how do i differentiate between them.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joannejoanne12

I guess there would be more of a gap between the two words if you were saying taigh beag. :)


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

Would people maybe avoid saying "taigh beag" for fear of being misunderstood? Although the context would probably make the meaning clear even if the pronunciation didn't.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joannejoanne12

No, you'd almost always know by context/intonation :)


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

Yeah, I realised when I heard Moomintroll say it.


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

Update. I just heard Moomintroll say "Tha cuideigin a' fuireach anns an taigh beag," and he wasn't talking about a toilet either. I think it's about a slight break between the words.

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack438146

So many jokes...


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

It should also accept 'lavatory'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bzg59

Bathroom, it would be in North America


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

Thanks for the input. Perhaps over time I will be able to hear the difference.


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

But does it have a bidet?


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

"A nice lavatory" was not accepted.


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

WC is accepted, not lavatory, tho'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alistair769878

"A nice lavatory" = "A nice toilet" MacDuo needs to accept this.
I have a terrible suspicion that Duo might have accepted "a nice bathroom", which would have been incorrect as a bathroom has a bath in it and only sometimes includes a lavatory bowl. Nevertheless, it is a common American euphemism, along with the even more egregious "restroom"!

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