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Subject: Re: Gesader?
Author: Lethe   (Authenticated as reniannen17)
Date: April 29, 2008 at 5:19:40 AM
Reply to: Gesader? by Arieanne
I thought someone with more expertise might answer you, but since they've not I'll give you my thoughts. At first glance I thought it looked Germanic but actually it seems it's just anglicised.
I don't have a Scottish Gaelic dictionary handy (when googling I found the chapter of the book you refer to and she says she is Scottish) but there is an Irish Gaelic word 'geis' pl. 'geasa' which means 'spell' or 'curse'. i tried googling 'geasach' and this does indeed mean enchanting in Scottish Gaelic and 'geasadach' is the Scottish Gaelic name for a peacock which I would guess means something along the same lines.

In Gaelic 'g' is always hard, whereas 'd' is their 'j' sound.
I'm not so good with Gaelic vowel sounds though, and since it's anglicised I'm not sure exactly how the original word would be pronounced. Maybe someone else can help.

Splgraw fok fok splgrafhatchgabrlgabrl fok splfok!
Zgra kra gka fok!

~The Loch Ness Monster Song~
Edwin Morgan

This message was edited by the author on April 29, 2008 at 5:20:52 AM

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