[Ads-l] "Say Uncle" - slight antedating

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 14 12:48:42 EDT 2017

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:12 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

> the Irish word "anacol," which apparently means mercy or quarter.

This isn't true. There is no such "word" as _anacol_ in Irish. There is,
however, the word, _anacal_. Cf.

anacal m (genitive singular anacail)
1 verbal noun of _ainic_
2 _protection; deliverance, quarter_

whose sources are

Foclóir Gaelige-Béarla, Ó Dónaill, 1977
English-Irish Dictionary. De Bhadhraithe, 1959

Pron. approx. "AH.n at kl" or "UH.n at kl"

That's close enough for government work, IMO.
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