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  5. "Seall, tha dìle ann."

"Seall, tha dìle ann."

Translation:Look, there is a downpour.

March 24, 2020



Literally 'a flood'. Tuil is a synonym.


I just wondered if any of the options offered was the Gaelic for 'dill', but apparently it's dile, i.e. the same as 'downpour' without the accent.


is this related to the words 'deluge' or 'diluvian' (as in, antediluvian)?


I would say almost certainly, but I cannot find any satisfactory or plausible origin for the Gaelic. Wiktionary says nothing about where dìle comes from, and for the (presumably) related tuil it says

From Old Irish tuile, from the root tu- (“swell”). Cognate with Greek τύλος (týlos, “knob, weal”). The Old Irish root ól- (“to flood, abound”) gives Old Irish tólam (“flood”) and imról, foróil (“abundance”).

This is suspicious for several reasons. First there are no references. Secondly if you follow the link to the Old Irish it says nothing. Thirdly, the second part seems really confused.

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