Desty wrote:Happy Hop tu Naa / Shogh ta’n Oie / Oiche Shamhna!
I'm a bit surprised by how close Manx words are to Irish and Scottish Gaelic - I had assumed it was more like Welsh or Breton, but I was wrong.
rocket-dog wrote:ps: I don't speak Manx. Lack of time and isolation from other Manx speakers are handicapping my progress on that front. Would prefer to write the language. I am barely intelligible speaking English......!
Grunaki wrote:I hate Halloween and Guy Fawkes night - Just an excuse for begging.
(Well, it is in the UK - they seem to be more organized with it over here, but still not that behind the idea..)
Desty wrote:Viz-style Top Tip: Inject laxatives or other creative drug into the sweets!
Desty wrote:Really? What would you write, and for who?
I'm one of the maybe 5-10% of Irish who speaks (a reasonable amount of) Irish. I only get occasion to speak it with one fanatical friend.
rocket-dog wrote:The other week at uni' we were discussing language as a staple of national identity in a history module. And I bought up the Irish not speaking Irish as an example.
rocket-dog wrote:These fringe British languages have lost traction. Remember they are not just competing with English here, but English worldwide which includes not just white countries, but Indian, and increasingly China.
rocket-dog wrote:Yes the renaming of your state institutions with their Irish equivalent (RIE, CIE, etc.) hasn't done much has it? In many ways it is inventing a false past (I don't think I phrased that right..); Irishness for the sake of it if you will.
rocket-dog wrote:What I find intriguing is how you won independence from us Brits and now your are surrendering your sovereignty to the EU.
Grunaki wrote:Oh yes, and the dreaded clause the UK put into the Maastricht treaty back in 1993 when we signed on the proviso that we wouldn't join the Euro unless it was ratified by a referendum in the UK.. The politicians desperately want to join it, but everyone would vote 'No', so they still haven't held it yet 15 years on..
(Probably waiting for everyone who remembers what happened when they decimalized the Pound to die off..)
Womble wrote:We dont have bonfire night, Guy Fawkes is unheard of here, fireworks probably not a good idea as its so damn dry here at the moment, you would end up with parks and cricket ovals on fire across the state.
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