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funny name meaning once you know irish (a little bit)

sean- old sean bean - old woman

kinda funny isn't it?:

3 years ago

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Yeah, I thought of that. But I was wondering if Sean came after Bean in Irish? I think adjectives come after nouns like in all civilised languages... I may be wrong. Also, Seán Bean leaves the fada off his name, just to be pedantic.

3 years ago

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generally you are right but in this case it is a compound word ( i think) spelled seanbhean with lenition (found this in Irish skill dates/time )also Irish compound words are like English where the modifying word comes first (also not sure) though i might be wrong

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Ah, well. The lenition is about as much difference as the word order really. Handy to know that about Irish compound words. Seanbhean reminds me of Agbalagba. It's a Yoruba word that my nephews' dad calls them. It literally means old man but you call anyone being cantankerous it.

3 years ago

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hey PaCa826187 sorry it's a little late but i must correct myself. sean is ordinarily prefixed and triggers lenition so it would happen with any othe word like for instance seanfhear

3 years ago

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Ah. OK. Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Good that you are keeping up with your Irish. By the way, I never really looked at your name before. It's pretty cool, mazeltov (I'm going to be very surprised if you're not Jewish with a name like that). Have you traced any relation to Allen?

3 years ago

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yes i am a Jew living in Israel. which Allen?

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Sorry I didn't get back to you. I read the notification for this and thought I'd answer later but I forgot. I don't know if maybe you're too young to have heard of him or if you're just sick of people brining it up but Allen Ginsberg was the figurehead of the Beat Generation's poetry movement back in 1950s America. Now that I've looked it up I've noticed he spelt his name differently from you so he's probably not a relation.

3 years ago

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i'm probably too young to have read him

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You've probably heard the quotes. 'I saw the best minds of my generation...', I think that was him. That's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

3 years ago
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