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Thread #45147   Message #669030
Posted By: Fiolar
14-Mar-02 - 10:00 AM
Thread Name: Help: What does 'asthore' mean?
Subject: RE: Help: What does 'asthore' mean?
Genie: "Gossoon" is a corruption of the Irish word "garsun" (pronounced - gor soon) and means "a boy." regarding the phrase "thanum an dial"(sic) opinions vary on this. It could mean "do anam don Dia" which translates as "your soul to God." Darker ones are (1) "in ainm an diabhail" = "in the devil's name;" (2) "do anam don diabhail" = "your soul to the devil or "go to the devil." In view of the fact that the ones I have heard all end in the letter "l" I am inclined to go with the "devilish" interpretation.