At 01:38 AM 12/30/99 -0800, Johnny Furlong wrote:
>It is believed by many that the Gaelic language has failed to attract and
retain people with talent >and energy and intelligence into its sphere in
Then they believe falsely, unless you think it justified to say that
the majority of Irish-speakers
are mentally subnormal; presumably even you would be above that level of
>But two thirds of the Irish population of St. John Gaelic speaking in
1780? What nonsense!
It's "St. John's" (Saint John is in New Brunswick). Now, I have no
idea whether this fact is
true or not -- it certainly sounds exaggerated. But a good deal of dialect
words unique to the
English spoken in Newfoundland are of Irish Gaelic origin, and we know that
as a first language
it survived there until perhaps the 1930s -- so the language would have
been fairly strong on the island by 1780, whether the settlers were of
Waterford stock or not.
>Emphatically, the Furlongs were not Gaelic speakers
Heaven forbid -- you must keep your blood pure after all. However,
if Furlong is originally
a Gaelic name (and it sounds as if it may be), you can only push the taint
of Gaeilge back a
couple of hundred more years, and will have to own up to bog-trotter status
sooner or later.
A chreutair bhochd.