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Subject: Re: Sith co nem 4
From: Neil McLeod <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:33:31 +0900
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Hi Andy!

Andy wrote:

>benna abu (how about?) = benna a-bu[ith] = mullach a-bu
>mullach abu--I have always been told translates "upper-most  always
>(for-ever)". an "old Irish war cry"  

Unfortunately, the use of "abu" as a war cry is quite late (and so it
can't be what we have in this text). "Abu" is quite likely a borrowing
from English 'above'. There is an article by David Green on this: "The
Irish War-cry", in volume 22 of Ériu at pages 167-73.

Neil

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