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Thread #143902 Message #3352359
Posted By: Jim McLean
18-May-12 - 06:46 AM
Thread Name: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Subject: RE: New website 150 stories of Scots songs
Joe, I don't see the relevance of your post. Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic don't diverge too much on this issue. The adjective Breac can be applied to many, many nouns in both Gaelics. There is no word similar to the Gaelic word breacan which can be remotely seen to mean the plant bracken or fern.
As far as the words you posted, gelloch is an old English word meaning a lever or crowbar. It is sometimes called a gavelock and derives from Middle English meaning a javelin. It would be interesting to know where you served your time as local words can be derived from either old English or Gaelic.
Two book, the Concise Scots Dictionary and Dwelly's The Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary are very helpful.