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Conversations between #Turtle & #MP
Few days before heading to Ireland, MP is coming home late after working all day on presentations he is invited to give @ECMP2022 in #Dublin, surprised to see his buddy slowing coming up his driveway.

MP: Hey buddy, what are you doing?

MP: It might have taken U some time to come all the way from park

Turtle: Yes doc, I heard U were heading to @TourismIreland island & wanted to join U. Since it would take me more time & I didn’t want to rush, I thought I will come over & rest behind your house till we leave
MP: What do U mean & how did U know?

TL: Well, my 3rd cousin from my mom side who lives in #WicklowMountains close to Dublin told me that you were coming there soon

MP: What, how did she know?

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Thread - At the weekend I was in a brilliant Italian cafe in Edinburgh enjoying an Italian breakfast and reading the paper, when I could not help but overhear a very loud unfiltered conversation a bawhair away at the table right next to our own. (1)
It was between two British middle aged males, with broad London / south English voices. It was loud enough for me to understand one of the British men had moved to Scotland during the pandemic and the other was visiting him. (2)
The British man who had moved to this country was telling the other that the "nationalists" were "teaching Rabbie Burns dialect in the schools now" and "putting Gay-lick on the police cars and ambulances even in areas where <nobody speaks the language>, and it is pointless". (3)
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Once again, a minor policy proposal (street signs in this case) has brought about the predictable social media backlash with people saying #Gaelic isn't now and hasn't historically been spoken in Edinburgh. I'll write this in English as those who speak Gaelic already know.🧵
Our congregation is living proof that this view is entirely ignorant with regard to the past and to the present. We've been here historically and we're still here now. Official provision for Gaelic worship in the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh goes back over 250 years.
Even before the establishment of the first formal Gaelic chapel in 1769 (there's a plaque marking the site on Johnston Terrace) there had been ad hoc worship in Gaelic in the city. One of the preachers in the pre-chapel period was the poet Dugald Buchanan who was in the city to
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No-one has asked but here's a thread about adopting the handle @OfKnockamillie
To start this thread, Knockamillie is the name of land perched above the village of Innellan, overlooking the Firth of Clyde south of Dunoon #Argyll
Today you could blink and you'd miss it 👀 /1
I've seen many different spellings over the years in my research including, Knochamelie, Knockamellie, Knockamely all of which makes research *interesting*
(I became an etymological detectorist to try and determine the word's origins from the #Scots #Gaelic ) my theory is /2
Knockamillie (modern spelling) as per the road name has evolved from the Gaelic 'cnoc' or 'cnocach' meaning hill or hilly and 'maille' which I have seen translated as cape or promontory which would fit with its elevated peninsula location overlooking the Clyde (red map pin) /3
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#Hydronomastics is the study of #hydronyms, the proper names of bodies of water.

It's a branch of #toponomastics, the study of #toponyms (the proper names of places), which in turn is a branch of #onomastics, the study of #orthonyms (proper names).

French / Luxembourghish sign: The River Sauer in Martelan...
#Hydronym and #hydronomastics both derive from Ancient #Greek ὕδωρ / húdōr (water) + ὄνομα / ónoma (name). The Greek island of Skiatho...
#Hydronyms tend to outlast other #toponyms, even when new #languages and cultures displace earlier ones.

#England, #EastAnglia, #Essex, and #Sussex are named for the #Angles and #Saxons; but #Trent, #Ouse, #Thames, #Severn, and #Avon are older #Celtic and #RomanoBritish names. A map showing the main rive...
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Regarding the racist & xenophobic blood argument of people calling themselves #Irish patriots... You clearly don't know #Ireland's history at all. Not our perpetual exodus to other countries as #immigrants, our status as a people of the #diaspora or our history of blending.... 1/ Image
In roughly 12,500 BC the first inhabitants of Ireland arrived from overseas. They were hunter gatherers & they were later joined by a group in around 6000 BC. This second group brought agriculture & also high levels of CF amongst other hereditary genetic issues... They merged. 2/
Yes we are a Celtic people, but "Celticism" is an international culture which was imported & built on by the people who were already here. None of us have a right to claim that our blood & culture doesn't encourage immigration. Newcomers merged with the inhabitants to make us. 3/
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To keep your spirits up during these trying times, here’s a thread of some hilariously random finds from our dictionary that we’ve discovered over the years:
#Gàidhlig #Gaelic
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#GeorgesIsland is a #drumlin - rocks, gravel, sand and clay deposited by #glaciers as the last ice age ended 12,000 years ago. #NovaScotia has many drumlins including #CitadelHill and #OakIsland.

#nspoli @AndyFillmoreHFX #NS #geology #mining #minerals…
@AndyFillmoreHFX The word #drumlin comes from the #Gaelic word druim, meaning “rounded hill” or “mound.”

#nspoli @AndyFillmoreHFX #NovaScotia #NS #geology #mining #minerals #Halifax #georgesisland Image
@AndyFillmoreHFX #GeorgesIsland was just a hill. #Halifax Harbour was mostly dry land after the last ice age - lakes and a stream that ran from the #SackvilleRiver to the sea. Georges became an island as rising seas filled the harbour, a process completed 5700 years ago.
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In the early part of the first millennium CE, the #IndoEuropean language known as Proto-#Germanic diverged into an East branch (which included #Gothic) and a Northwest branch.

Northwest then split into West and North branches when Proto-#Norse developed in #Scandinavia. Image
Until the 8th century, #Germanic #languages, including Proto-#Norse, were written in Elder Futhark, the earliest #runic #alphabet.

The name #Futhark comes from the initial phonemes in the names of the first six #runes:
ᚠ ᚢ ᚦ ᚨ ᚱ ᚲ

By the beginning of the #Viking Age around 800 CE, Proto-#Norse had evolved into Old Norse, and #Scandinavia's writing system transitioned from the 24 #runes of Elder #Futhark to Younger Futhark's 16 runes.

The #Swedish #Sparlösa #Runestone from ~800 CE features both #alphabets. Image
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Them: Why would anyone do a thread on all 32 Scottish Council areas and their largest settlements in #Gaelic?

Us: Our reasons are our reasons. Follow us into the darkness! IT’S LOCAL AUTHORITY TIME. RT If you love councils. 🤘🏼

Comhairlean na h-Alba = Scottish Councils.
1. Inbhir Chluaidh
Inverclyde - (78,800)

A. Grianaig - Greenock
B. Port Ghlaschu - Port Glasgow (15,414)
C. Guireag - Gourock

Famous for: the craic, the Clyde. Morton FC. Industry.
2. Siorrachd Rinn Friù
Renfrewshire - (176,800)

A. Pàislig - Paisley (77,210)
B. Rinn Friù - Renfrew (21,824)
C. Baile Iain - Johnstone (15,687)

Famous for: Paulo Nutini / the Mòd
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