The Hundredth Post

Some six months ago, I began a blog about the charlatan and fraud Daniel Cassidy, author of the dreadful book How The Irish Invented Slang. My aim was to inform as many people as possible about Cassidy’s poor methodology, his lack of scholarship and his boundless arrogance. Unfortunately, this ridiculous book continues to be sold in considerable numbers and gullible people continue to recommend it online and on forums. As we say in Irish, Is doiligh an drochrud a mharú (bad things are hard to kill).

This is the hundredth post. Although the numbers visiting the blog have been quite low, I am glad that I began it. I have learned a lot while debunking Cassidy’s rubbish, and I have found some interesting blogs and websites which are well worth a visit. I am also pleased to see that someone has used this blog as a reference in altering the biography of Cassidy on Wikipedia. It is now much more balanced and nobody visiting it would be in any doubt that Cassidy is not regarded as a reputable or credible source of information by anyone who really understands language and linguistics. 

My reason for starting this blog was because of my love of the Irish language and my wish to protect it from a lunatic who invented his own phoney version and tried to pass his plastic version off as the real thing. At least there are clear and accurate refutations of many of Cassidy’s crazy claims online because of this blog and I am proud of that. 

I have decided to end this hundredth post by reminding readers of Irish descent who don’t speak Irish of the heritage which they had and have lost, the heritage which is theirs to reclaim. All they have to do is learn some of their ancestral language – some real Irish, that is, not Cassidese garbage. There are plenty of resources online for learning Irish. It’s easier to learn it now than ever before. Bain triail as! (Have a go!)

Irish

English

Pronunciation   (rough)

Go raibh maith agat

Thank you

Go roh moy oggutt

Le do thoil

Please

Leh doh hill

Cad é mar atá tú?

How are you?

G’jay mor a tah too?

Tá mé go maith.

I’m well.

Tah may go moy.

Slán!

Bye!

Slaan

 

 

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