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D other cities So how could they come from Irish At a push there might be ten correct entries in the book but that is really pushing it The vast majority of this book is just embarrassing nonsense The Irish make up one of the biggest ethnic groups in the English speaking world of Britain the USA and Australia As the first colony of England where much of ater British imperialist policies were perfected and tested the Irish were the Dancing with Mr. Darcy laborers the soldiers and the maids of the Anglo rulers in the United States and Britain Irish women were especially popular in the States as servants because they spoke English Ho I know Irish I speak Irish It s always bothered me how so many Irish words soundike English words that are similar in sound AND those English words have NOTHING to do with a similar English word Lesca like Raspberries Now I can sleep at night The book makes so much sense if you can speak as Gaeilge I don t normally read non fiction but if I could find non fictionike this that might change My mother is taking an Irish history class and she chose this book to do a book report on She enjoyed it a great deal so I decided to read it too Only about 80 pages of the book is writing by the author the rest is a Gaelic English dictionary so it s a much shorter read than it Sharpes Trafalgar leads you to believe Unbeknownst to me there was a consensus amonginguists that unlike almost every other Punished language of people who assimilated into the english speaking world no gaelic remained in modern speech The author given a dictionary of gaelic words from a friend who passed away with no background in theanguage His To Protect looked up one word a night in honor of his friends memory He started to see a pattern when he compared definitions and their pronunciations Rather than noteaving a mark at all the anguage eft huge swaths of words taken directly from the gaelic Ben gave me this book and I didn t read it for a Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) long time because it was in a box Honestly I didn t even read all of it now because it is TERRIBLE Interesting concept but bad bad research and execution I m sure some of those words did come from IrishGaelic but aot of them I ve never heard of and please come up with a better way to present them than flitting about history throwing them in everywhere you can I m not even sure the author read over his own book once he put the chapters together because he repeats himself a Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? lotApologies to Ben It doesook interesting at a glance. T grew out of them Cassidy uncovers a secret national heritage ong discounted by our WASP dominated cultureDaniel Cassidy is the founder and co director of the Irish Studies Program at New College in San Francisco.
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Er their use of ocal slang is precisely the thing which makes them alldifferent dialects So it s very possible that words that had currency in early to mid 19th century Ireland among peasants of the West slowly fell into misuse after they had Baby Legacy (So Many Babies left Ireland but continued to be used in America Pre Famine Ireland was markedly different from Post Famine Ireland especially in the accelerated decline of theanguage and the conscious turning away from all things Gaelic After all many words and phrases from 19th century American English are either no onger used today or have evolved into different usage Few people today speak ike Abraham Lincoln Wyatt Earp or Teddy Roosevelt It s unrealistic to think that the Langlais correct pour les Nuls loss of 1 million speakers of Irish didn t somehow affect theanguage either at home or abroad But Constantly Craving leave it to the Irish to condemn anything they haven t thought of themselveset alone something written by a Yank Interestingly a modern historian has theorized that New York born gangstercowboy Billy The Kid was a native Irish speaker who would have earned Irish growing up probably in the Five Points ghetto recent evidence which supports Cassidys theory but which is conveniently ignored by his critics This book is pure fiction Cassidy was a fantasist and it is incredible to me that he managed to hold down a job as an academic The evel of his scholarship is ridiculously Aryan Idols low An intelligent elementary school child could do better And in case people think I m just sounding off for the sake of it here are a few facts A great many of the phrases that Cassidy claims as the origin of obscure words in American slang are complete fabrications If youook up uath dubh s ch r b al nna boca rua teas ioma na on ar chuma bub and a host of other Cassidy compositions on Google you will find that there are no references apart from those relating to Cassidy If you ook up a few common Irish phrases real ones that is you will find the opposite They get ots of hits from Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus lots of sources proving that they are real Irish phrases used by Irish speakers Try it with for example cothrom na F inne or p ca na sm ar Then to prove to yourself once and for all that this book is a worthless pile of buffalo chips tryooking up the origin of some of the words that Cassidy claims come from Irish words Something in Return like giggle clamour racket uirky mayhem All of these words entered English centuries before the Irish flooded into the slums of NY an. Daniel Cassidy simultaneously traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America not justinguistically but through the Irish gambling underworld urban street gangs and the powerful political machines tha.
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A astounding book about word etymology than I would have ever imagined I had always thought most English words were derived from old Germanic or French or Greek The influence of the native Irish Byzantium language was an unacknowledged secret until this book brought it out A real head slapper A fascinating maddening read the central thesis much American slang of unknown origin is actually straight from Gaelic is compelling and the surrounding sociology is interesting but the organization makes it very difficult to read fluently Every Irish derived word is bolded and followed by the definition of the source word in par This book is incredible It goes through a mass of words and traces their history from America back to the depths of Irish pre history in some cases Most interesting parts are on words used in gambling that reach back to almost mythological meanings in Celtic culture and gambsegsAlso interesting how African Italian and Irish Americans blended Contacts Desired language as a way to confuse the Republican elite in matters of business and crime and general joking around Two can play at the doublespeak gameehI dike to see a book written Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, like this about Australian wordsI m sure sheila woman comes from Sheila Na Gighahaha Personally I think Cassidy goes to far and puts forward probably cognates as actual etymology such as actually bothering to try and say we say Mommy and Daddy due to the Irish But the book is fun and convincing that he has actually cleared up aot of derivation unknown slang The Oracles Golem (The Oracle like case the joint Dead Rabbit jazz etc Regardless of how valid theinguistics the plethora of period uotes newspaper excerpts etc and underworld details make this a fun read even the dictionary portion A fun whimsical assault on Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations language history this has the cartoonish appeal that could be make it aight opening featurette to one of my fave books John McWhorter s Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue The Untold Story of English Great book and Cassidy obviously angered some of the snooty academics he criticized in the book The big criticism of the book is that modern native Irish speakers don t approve of his interpretations of the Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, language into American New York English of Irish terms The problem with this of course is that the people who spoke this form of Irish came to New York in the aftermath of the Famine Last count there were three modern dialects of Irish and though speakers of different dialects can understand each oth. In a series ofively essays this pioneering book proves that US slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth century Irish America Jazz and poker sucker and scam all derive from Irish While demonstrating this.