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Subject: Re: Faithful
From: Michael Bauer <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 21 Sep 2006 07:50:20 +0100
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You're right it's not in any of the Gaelic dictionaries.  But if you do a
Google search on dìlseach (the corresponding singular) you'll find a few
references, amongst others a BBC glossary where it is given as "loyalist".

Dineen has: dílseach adj faithful, devoted, forfeited, guilty, deserving of;
dílseachd báis deserving of death sm (=masculine noun) a guilty person.

So the word seems to have a "history" which may just have slipped through
the lexicogrphers' net or has become obsolete in modern Gaelic.

This leads me to believe it's a modern backformation from dìlseachd (or a
related word) to supply a Gaelic word for "loyalist".

le meas

Am Mìcheal Eile

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