Wednesday, 14 May 2008

More Gaelic Ladies

Calling in at the Co-op in Stornoway on Tuesday morning I checked out the ladies loo. Well, only the door actually - I don’t think going an further would have been appreciated. The word on the door was Mnathan. Checking this out in the dictionary led to a lot of other words for woman - bean nf. g. mnatha; d. mnaoi; v. bhean; pl. mnathan; ban. I suspect each has is own subtlety of meaning but the dictionary didn’t go into that.

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