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Any chance that there was in OIr a cognate of the modern Irish prefix "dír"?
Hi,

we had "telephone" and "mobile phone" on this list already. Here comes the
next item: what would you say for
"answering machine/answerphone" in OIr.?

My suggestions would be:

1. frecraid cíangotho do X "answerer of the telephone of/for X"
(frecraid = agentive masculine i-stem)

2. indell frecrai chíangotho do X "device of answering of the telephon
of/for X" (frecrae = yo, n verbal noun of fris-gair)

What would you say for "automatic, auto-"? I can't think of anything
fitting.

David