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Subject: Re: Toast or blessing for Burns Supper
From: Tom Thomson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Tom Thomson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 6 Dec 2001 14:10:47 -0000

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No, parse that phrase "Bean no duine ar do mhian agad" as
( (Bean no duine) ar do mhiann) agad.  It should then be
obvious what it means, but in case it isn't obvious:
May you have a spouse who delights you.


PS: mixture of Scots and Irish?  I suppose the spellings
"saol" , "gan" and "ar" are Irish, and the spelling "agad"
is Scots; but everything else is OK in both languages
(although "mian" is rather an archaic spelling in Scots).
And it's only the spellings that aren't OK in both languages,
all the words are common to both (assuming that first word
is "slan" and not "sla/n").

----- Original Message -----
From: "Deborah White" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2001 11:16 PM
Subject: Re: Toast or blessing for Burns Supper

A Chàirdean,

Slan agus saol agad,
Bean no duine ar do mhian agad,
Talamh gan chios agad,
On latha seo amach!

A friend sent this to me privately. It's a curious mixture of what seems to
be modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic. This a bit perplexing to me, so if
anyone recognizes the blessing and knows the source (which my friend didn't
have), please let me know.

Anyway, Dwelly gives the spelling of "cìs" for "cíos" (Irish equiv.). "Saol"
is "saoghal" in Scottish Gaelic.

I'm not quite sure about the phrase "ar do mhian agad". I assume it's "air
do mhiann agad", but I'm not quite sure of the meaning. Would it be,
roughly, "may you have what you desire" / "may your desire be fulfilled"?

Móran taing,


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