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kamomil
02:36 am
I was listening to a R na G podcast. The interviewer kept saying what sounded like "sha... sha..." I imagine it was "Is ea". What was I hearing? It sounded like the interviewer was replying "yes... yes..." or something.


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From:kean_herself
Date:April 17th, 2015 08:56 am (UTC)
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You've figured it out yourself, the word you were hearing was "sea"(Shaa) which literally means 'it is' but is often used as Yes, even though there is no direct tanslations for yes and no in Irish.
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From:kamomil
Date:April 17th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Is that something that would have been used in the past, by Irish speakers? Or is it a modern development, borrowed from English?
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From:kean_herself
Date:April 17th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
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That I don't know but the lads over at Irish Translation are usually great with this sort of thing if you wanted to ask.
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From:brightglance
Date:April 17th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
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It would have existed but it's used much much more now under influence from English, as an equivalent of "Yeah". Sometimes it's used ungrammatically, where the response should be the verb being used by the other person (if that makes sense) and sometimes I even hear it where "Tá" would be the correct response!

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