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Thread #45147   Message #667618
Posted By: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
12-Mar-02 - 09:19 AM
Thread Name: Help: What does 'asthore' mean?
Subject: RE: Help: What does 'asthore' mean?
Philippa - Yes 'Éire' is the name of the country in Irish in Ireland, but in the USA 'Erin go Bragh' is on every banner that is carried in every S. Patrick's Day parade, which is also an American thing, & has little or nought to do with the way things are done, celebrated, written, spoken, etc. in 'the Ould Sod'. And I agree, in letter writing we wouldn't bother to translate the 'á' in 'á chara...' as 'Oh Friend', or 'Oh Dear' correct English would be 'Dear...' translations are always approximations, and idioms are interchanged between languages when appropriate, but 'asthore' as it is written in many Anglo/Irish songs and 'á stór' as it appears in Irish songs, never approximates as 'forever', and it is often changed to the English 'Dear' because a treasure is dear, 'Precious' might be another candidate, but I've never seen it, and it makes me gag a little, unless you're talking to a cat or some other pet.