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Thread #35946   Message #494396
Posted By: Frank McGrath
28-Jun-01 - 09:08 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Arthur McBride - What's the background?
Subject: RE: Arthur McBride- What's the background?
My cookie expired, hence the "Guest" tag. Refreshed since though.
Ard Mhacha, my great, great grand father was a well read man thanks to the hedge schools. And thankfully the love of the written and spoken word has been passed on through the generations since.

However, my great, great grand daddy would not have written or spoken lines such as, "We made them smell timmer when they were in town" or "The saucy wee drummer, we level'd his pow". Such dialect in the English language was not "of the people". Certainly not in Munster or Connaught. The person who wrote such words was probably in the habit of speaking words like these also. This is not the style of language of the majority of Irish people of the time. It would have been the dialect of the privileged few.

Frank