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Subject: Re: Bri/athra Flainn Fhi/na
From:Gearóid Mac Cuinneagáin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 16 Apr 2000 16:32:14 -0500
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Scriobh Dennis King

 >One of the first maxims I looked at in Ireland's book was one that
 >had caught my eye in Kuno Myer's early edition for its apparent snide
 >cynicism: "descaid gensa dímaisi", translated in the DIL as "homeliness
 >is a token of chastity", s.v. "dímaisse = uncomeliness, plainness".
 >Ireland's translation puts a kinder spin on it, interpreting "dímaise"
 >as a matter of personal choice rather than physiognomical fate:
 >
 >"Descad gensa dímaise. -  Lack of adornment is a sign of chastity."

Why not simply "modesty is a sign of chastity"?
--
Gearóid Mac Cuinneagáin
Tá m'aerbhád lán d'eascanna

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