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Patrick Brown wrote:

> > 3b.  Is amnus in fer fil [and],' ar Conall. 'Fé amai!' ol in t-ara,
> > 'ní maith tig tra do beólu, in péist fil for dígail Ulad [cen]
> > gabáil tige fair & ní meabal tra contuitim duit fris, oir atá dia
> > beódacht conniuc
> so.'
>
> > 'Fé amai!' ol in t-ara,
> 
> 'Woe, alas,' said the charioteer.
> 
> (Not much chance of a modern, colloquial phrase for that, I fear.)

What about "Oh, f*** it!"?

> > in péist fil for dígail Ulad [cen] gabáil tige fair
> 
> péist = DIL píast, "beast, monster" - is this is the origin of or
> cognate with English "pest"? 

They are indirectly connected at best. Engl. "pest" comes from Lat. 
"pestis" "plague, pestilence". OIr. "péist" "monster" basically comes 
from Lat. "bestia", but the initial "p" may indeed be due to haveing 
been crossed with "pestis".


David