ety. of "shanty"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 29 12:25:37 UTC 2011

On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
> the grammar of "seann taigh" may be impossible.

The grammar of "seann taigh" *is* impossible. OTOH, the true Irish
word is _seanteach_ approx. ['SAnt,IK] wherein A = aesc and comma
signifies palatalization fronting /@/ to [I]. I leave the solution as
an exercise for the reader.

Further deponent sayeth not.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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