Thursday, 8 November 2018

Dublin and the World


I'm going to Ireland, to Dublin, to take part in a brunchtime debate about drink and othersuch fun on Sunday 18th of November. It's part of the Temple Bar Festival of Politics. I find this terribly exciting as I have never been to Ireland before and thus imagine it to be a land of rain and mystery, when in fact it's probably only one of the two.

For the record, my favourite Irish-derived word in the English language is slogan. I wrote about it before in 2010, but shall reprint it here.

Once upon a time a slogan was a battle-cry. When ancient Gaelic warriors raised their kilts and ran into battle they would shout the name of their tribe or their capital before rushing like wolves to the slaughter. If you imagine the modern football hooligan screaming the name of his club, you probably have some idea.

Their army-shouts or sluagh-gairms did not have the desired effect and the English language spread by spear-point and sword into all but the boggiest parts of these rainy islands. Sluagh-gairm was anglicised to slogan and taken up by politicians and plutocrats, cabinet ministers and corporations. Yet, I still like to think of the advertising executives and PR girls girding up their kilts, shrieking their slogans, and running to their brave and selfless deaths.

Meanwhile, A Short History of Drunkenness has been sold (the translation rights that is) to about fifteen countries. It is now translated and available in bookshops in:

Brazil
Estonia
Italy
Poland - with a postscript by Roberta Makłowicz
Romania
Russia

And I think:

Thailand

Which is to say that this tweet must say something, I just don't know what.



Editions are forthcoming in everything from Korean to Spanish via German and Chinese.

I find it all terribly confusing. But I do know what a free brunch is, and that's what you get for your ticket to the Dublin event at Gallagher's Boxty House on Sunday 18th.

Also, if you have any dear friends in one of the above-mentioned countries, I would much appreciate your spreading the good word.



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    1. God bless Dr Larry for his marvelous work in my life, I was diagnosed of HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS since 2010 and I was taking my medications, I wasn't satisfied i needed to get the HERPES out of my system, I searched about some possible cure for HERPES i saw a comment about Dr Larry, how he cured HERPES with his herbal medicine, I contacted him and he guided me. I asked for solutions, he started the remedy for my health, he sent me the medicine within 3days. I took the medicine as prescribed by him and 2weeks later i was cured from HERPES contact him assurancesolutionhome@gmail.com once again thanks to you Dr Larry. cure the flowing virus, contact his web site: http://assurancesolutionhome.wordpress.com
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      4 herpes cure
      5 warts cure
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      God bless Dr Larry for his marvelous work in my life, I was diagnosed of HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS since 2010 and I was taking my medications, I wasn't satisfied i needed to get the HERPES out of my system, I searched about some possible cure for HERPES i saw a comment about Dr Larry, how he cured HERPES with his herbal medicine, I contacted him and he guided me. I asked for solutions, he started the remedy for my health, he sent me the medicine within 3days. I took the medicine as prescribed by him and 2weeks later i was cured from HERPES contact him assurancesolutionhome@gmail.com once again thanks to you Dr Larry. cure the flowing virus, contact his web site: http://assurancesolutionhome.wordpress.com
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  2. I'll be in Berlin next week but will spread the word among the "Elements of Eloquence" fan club.

    Before your Dublin jaunt, you might want to check out Darach O'Séaghdha's recent book "Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a not so dead language". It's a great intro to interesting words in Irish (not all of them ending up in English ). The title is a pun in several senses ("Foclóir" is Irish for "dictionary").

    Taking of which, less easy to track down is Terry Dolan's "Dictionary of Hiberno-English". If you find a second-hand copy of that you'll be suckin' diesel.

    Enjoy the stay in Ireland, but for historical accuracy you might want to tone down all the kilt references.

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  3. Relatively costly Mark,

    I wish to ask two questions, neither of which i have an answer to as of yet.
    The first occurred to me whilst reading a post of your's from 2010 Die Hard 57.
    I was arguing with a Swedish friend of mine and she informed me that i should 'goa til Helvete' . Not understanding much Swedish, but enough grasp the gist of what she was suggesting, I at first assumed she was implying I should take a holiday in Switzerland or Confoederatio Helvetica, the land of the Helvetii or people of Helvete. So perhaps Hell is indeed a physical place albeit rather beautiful and comfortable.

    The second question arose as i was trying to find a novel way of addressing you that was in keeping with how you play with words. I was trawling the web exploring the etymology of the word Dear and came across Teuer in German and then tuer in French and lastly Tutor in Latin, so i presume to Tutor someone is to Kill them?

    I look forward to having a few shnakey ones at the brunch this coming Sunday

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