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May 12th, 2014

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12:53 pm - Reverse definition question
Hello! Is there a word that specifically means/refers to making deals and/or bargains with fairies? Someone mentioned this term might exist, but I've been searching high and low for confirmation one way or the other to no avail.

Thank you!

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Date:May 12th, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
Not only that, there's a word specifically meaning "to drink Guinness" and another which means "smelling like Irish Spring"!

In seriousness, I've never come across such a term and I doubt one exists. This someone didn't happen to mention why they thought there might be such a word, did they?
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Date:May 12th, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure "GUINNESS!!!" is fairly universally understood at this point (exclamations included).

This was in a literary/academic discussion where someone mentioned vaguely recollecting such a word maybe existing, so I am now using the Internet to try and figure out if it's true.

Doesn't seem a stretch that there might be a word referencing the kind of bargains mortals typically made with fairies (i.e., a bargain that seems too good to be true, or a poorly worded agreement that eventually gets you in trouble, etc.).
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Date:May 13th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
I tried all sorts of searches with various words for "bargain", "deal", etc. and found nothing relevant. You don't happen to recall an Irish folktale which describes this sort of bargain, do you? That way I could hunt down the original Irish text and see what word they use.

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