On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, David Stifter wrote:
> > Líadain ben do Chorco Duibne .i. banéces.
> Corco Duibne is the name of a barony in Co. Kerry, anglicised
> Corkaguiney. Is this name still used today? DIL C 477.66 says that
> Corcu/o may be a petrified dat.sg. or acc.pl. of corce (yo, m) "oats".
It's now known in English as the Dingle Peninsula, from the town of Dingle
(An Daingean/Daingean Uí Chúise), which is situated on it. Its western end
is still a strongly Irish-speaking area.
How would an oblique case of a word meaning "oats" come to have the modern
meaning "race, offspring"?
Tom Pullman ¦
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