“There is nothing in this life so nice and so Gaelic as truly true Gaelic Gaels who speak in true Gaelic Gaelic about the truly Gaelic language.”
– Ó An Beal Bocht / The Poor Mouth le Flann O’Brien.
If I could reach through this computer and throttle every person who uses the term “authentic Irish” I would.
Have you ever encountered phrases like “unnatural non-Gaeltacht Irish”, or “mere Ulsterised / Connachtised / Munsterised versions of Standard Irish” or the infuriating “real Irish”? Having visited some Irish language learning forums this week, I have – a lot – and I am now angry. Angry, not just at the arrogance, self-aggrandisement and rudeness of the people who use these terms, but angry because they will kill the Irish language.
And they will never understand that.
Note that the people I’m talking about- the people who talk this way- are consistently not
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