February 25, 2008
Irish Class, February 25, 2008.
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When you use plural forms for counting you start at three, not two. In
Irish two takes the singular.
|aon bhád amháin||one boat||[or]|
|bád amháin||one boat|
|naoi n-uan||nine lambs||n- eclipses a vowel|
- m1 nouns use the same form for the genitive singular and the nominative
plural (slenderize the final consonant).
- In Munster initial bh- is pronounced /v/ even as a broad consonant,
instead of /w-/.
There was some discussion of on-line resources.
Beo was particularly recommended.
With four students in the class, we split into two pairs. Each pair was given a theme for a dialog to compose. We then read them and the other pair had to figure out who we were and what we were talking about. My partner was JS, who had her notes from last September’s all class exercise on curses to add some spice to our contribution, a scene in a restaurant between a waiter and a customer.
I got a call a little before 8 last night from the Windows OS staff at my job. A routine patching process (Microsoft systems need so much patching you might as well make a routine of it) had failed. They could not get the database system to start up. Under the gun
Unlike a lot of sensational reports, this one is properly cautious about the dangers of interpreting a society from physical evidence alone:
There’s a joke among archaeologists: Two of their kind, in the future, find a present-day public toilet. “We’ve discovered a holy site!” cries one. “Look, it has two separate entrances,” says the other. “This here,” he says, pointing to the door with a pictogram of a woman, “was for priests. This is evident by the figure wearing a long garment.”
mia_mcdavid just wrote about what is happening with Tom. I will be taking the day off from work for this. Fortunately, my cred at the office is pretty good right now. The weekend’s server work was way more exciting than I like–there was a really obscure problem with different versions of Microsoft software, but in the end we opened for a normal business day this morning (as a branch of government we were closed yesterday, although I was still working).