> There's a difference, but many people claim it's only pedants
> like me that make the distinction. toigh is an adjective and
> means pleasant/pleasing. so is toigh leam bainne means I like
> milk. toil is a noun and means will/wish, so is toil leam
> bainne doesn't make sense...........................
Well, we shouldn't get too hung up about the historical origins of any given
word in any language. Languages have the amusing habit of riding roughshot
over any nice theory we can come up with.
Yes, toigh originally was an adjective and probably was the guilty party in
"'s toil leam" but that is only helpful to a certain degree.
Leam and leat are inflected prepositions yet they can function as a noun.
Why? Because people started calling other people a "leam-leat" so we get "'s
e leam-leat a th' ann" Suddenly it occupies the noun slot.
So if Gaelic has decided that the word in the "'s toigh/toil leam" slot just
neds up sounding like "toil" always, then we can to some degree debate the
history of the word until the cows come home but it still doesn't change the
fact that language has changed something.
Languages just don't always play fair ; )
Am Měcheal Eile