pronunciation?

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pronunciation?

Postby ebo12003 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:59 am

This may be a dumb question, but, how do you pronounce "Glencairn"... as in the glass?
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Re: pronunciation?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:46 pm

Its very straightforward really. I assume its the vowels that you're unsure of. I don't have the language skills to offer an official explanation but the Glen part is pronounced like then, The Cairn part is harder to explain, but the ai combination is pronounced the same as in hair or straight. I'm not sure if that's any use to you though.
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Re: pronunciation?

Postby ebo12003 » Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:31 am

Yes, that helps, thank you. I figured that was correct, but I don't know for sure how to pronounce some of the Celtic words correctly. It is Celtic, isn't it?
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Re: pronunciation?

Postby Willie JJ » Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:08 pm

If you mean Gaelic then craig it is a lowland Scots derivation of the Gaelic word creag of the same meaning (small hill) (it's carraig in the Irish), while glen is similarly derived from gleann. So it means valley of the small hill.
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