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  5. "Tá gallúnach san uisce."

" gallúnach san uisce."

Translation:There is soap in the water.

March 22, 2015



I assume that 'gallúnach' started life as a noun related to 'glan', but the tiny little vowel you sometimes hear between two consonants (as in 'film', both in Irish and Hiberno English) got exagerrated?

Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it, since it will help me remember the word.


Dinneen defined gallúnach as

soap (from {@style=font-family: 'Bunchlo Arsa GC', 'BunchloArsaGC', serif; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12pt}gall and {@style=font-family: 'Bunchlo Arsa GC', 'BunchloArsaGC', serif; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12pt}uan = {@style=font-family: 'Bunchlo Arsa GC', 'BunchloArsaGC', serif; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 12pt}cuḃar, froth)

Under gall, one can find

a foreigner, a Dane, an Anglo-Norman, an Englishman; a Protestant; a cock (Lat. gallus).

EDIT: The eDIL site notes that gallúinech referred to powdered tragacanth, which was once used to treat wounds. It also notes that gall might have meant a Hebridean, a standing stone, or a swan.

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so maybe "wild people foaming (at the mouth)"? or something?


Who knows — perhaps even foreign roosters foaming at the beak. ;*)


what decides whether it is correct to use "sa" or "san"?


If the governed noun begins with a vowel sound, then san is used; otherwise, sa is used.


Go raibh maith agat!


Soap in the water, a fire in my soul ...


Is sa uisce not used in munster


Takes on extra importance in this time of coronavirus


So when you have a preposition joined with "an," you do not add a t- before masculine nouns beginning with a vowel? Or is this a peculiarity of "san" in particular?


san is not an. The rules governing the mutations caused by prepositions take precedence over the rules for the definite article on it's own. ar an uisce, ag an gcósta, leis an mbuachaill.


Makes sense. I said it was joined with "an" because I know "san" is i + an before a vowel. I realize that's probably not the same thing as being "joined" per se though. Thank you!


It is extremely irritating that the correct answer in all Duolingo exercises wavers erratically between 'there is such and such in the so and so' and such and 'such is in the so and so'. Both answers are correct in English.


Do you mean the way it fluctuates using "there".

Soap is in the water,

There is soap in the water.

Which happens when you have to pick the words from the word banks?

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