Ireland is not a burden

sticker,375x360⬅︎ Okay English speakers who “love EIRE”, this post is especially for you.

I know that your language does not have ‘accents’ – known as stràc in Scottish Gaelic and as fada in Irish, and as diacritics in pedantic English – and I know that the concept of accents on capital letters is completely alien to you.

I also know that most Gaelic speakers – probably all in fact – speak and write English perfectly, often better than people who speak and write English only.

I therefore understand that their Gaelic, whether Irish, Manx or Scottish, gets influenced by English typographic rules, which is why they tend to forget that accents are important in Gaelic.

But forgetting or omitting accents on ‘Ireland’ is a ‘burden’, literally.

I’m not kidding:

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‘Eire’ in the the dictionary Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla (Ó Dónaill, 1977)

 

So next time you want to talk about Ireland – the country, but also the island – don’t forget the accent:

ÉIRE

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