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GUEST,David Ingerson Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus? (149* d) RE: Folklore: Black Irish: Etymological Consensus? 09 Dec 04

I'm confused about the following statement, An Cat Breac:

Colours when used in Ireland tended to be emotional description (An Fear Rua/red man = Angry man, An Fear Dubh/dark man = the Devil), not expressing physical attributes.

I'm no expert but I do know the word for red is 'dearg'. 'Rua' actually means red-haired. Of course, I see the symbolism, which is apt, and I noticed you qualified your statement with "tended," but wasn't Owen Roe O'Sullivan named for his red hair, not his anger? My impression is that the tendency was to describe hair color and to only sometimes imply an emotional description.

But maybe I'm wrong. I'd love some more clarification.


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