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Re: The British Empire
At 22:57 14/4/98, John Cowan wrote:
>Padrig Bryn yscrifef:
>> But there may not even _be_ a famine. I got the impression that Comro
>> interests were strongest in Ulladh,
>Weakest. Ulster became British *Here* because it was so strongly Irish;
Yep - and some parts still are! One of the places where Gaelic continued &
continues to be spoken is Donegal which is certainly part of Ulster, being
one of the three counties of Ulster that is in the Irish Republic.
>the English decided to encourage Scots to move there (the first English
>territory called a colony).
Yep - and the more troublesome Scots at that! The English were trying to
solve two problems at the same time: deal with the more radical Scots
Protestants & with the recalcitrant Irish Catholics. It may've solved
their problems then, but it sure piled up quite a few for the next 300
years or so.
>> Its bad with me; it was a joke? please to explain-it.
>The Welsh phrase "ach y fi", beloved of our Rhaifun, is some kind of
>mild expletive: I don't know how it translates exactly. But in
>Brithenig that spells "HIF" or "HIV".
'Ach y fi' also spelt 'Ych y fi' is just an expression of disgust. The 'fi'
is mutated 'mi' = I/me. It's like the somewhat archaic "Ah, me!" I
believe similar expressions occur in other langs. The 'ach' or 'ych' is
just an expression of disgust like the Scots 'ach!', English 'ugh', 'yuck'
'Ach y fi' is one of the few Welsh expressions which has found its way into
the English of monoglot English inhabitants of south Wales.
PS - I got the joke first time. ;-)
Written in Net English Humor not necessarily marked