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Does this sound like a legitimate Gaelic saying?

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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
A friend of mine came to me asking if I'd sketch up a tattoo design for him, so I asked what he had in mind. The saying he wants to use is "Leannan an saol ar adhaidh".

I do not speak Gaelic. However, a quick google search revealed that this might actually be "Leannan an soal ar aghaidh".

I also read that this isn't really how a Gaelic speaker would say this phrase, which apparently means "Life goes on".

Anyone out there have any input or tips? I'd hate for my buddy to get a tattoo that actually means 'stoat fornication' or something on accident...
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Go léir go bhfuil an saol álainn.
Roughly, "All that is life is beautiful". Would that suit you better than "A lover of life ahead"?
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
I like that, but he's looking for something that's more "life goes on", kind of like a "shit happens" sort of saying. But slightly more optimistic...

The phrases Leannan an saol, Teann an saol ar aghaidh, Beatha leanann and Tha sin mar sin are also ones I'm considering, but I'd like outside opinion on them as well...
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Knightster Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Sounds like someone chocking on a peanut.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
:rofl:
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Somnusvorus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Digital Artist
I would help you since I was raised and still living in Ireland... but I know feck all Irish since I got exempted for being born in a different country. I know how to tell some one to kiss my arse, call them an idiot and that's about it sentence wise. =B Not sure if you want Irish Gaeilge though...
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
"Kiss my ass" would be a great tattoo, but maybe not for this particular friend...
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bohobella Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As far as I'm concerned if he's getting a Gaelic tattoo he can't read, he deserves the most ridiculous phrase possible permanently on his body. 
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
He's half Chinese half Irish. I feel like if he had a nonsensical Irish tattoo, he'd probably just laugh and go get a nonsensical Chinese tattoo as well.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
"I like it up me bum" sounds like an appropriate choice.
I need to put in Gaelic asap :eager:
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bohobella Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I would proudly bear that in chinese letters.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Is that a one level up over a "tramp stamp"?
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bohobella Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, they make a great tramp stamp so it's so hard to say!
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PlasticusForkus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Leun a sylli yw ow skath bargesi :)
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
What did you call me? :threaten:
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PlasticusForkus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Typical American. Has barely any command of the English language, let alone any other. :roll:

;p
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
You're about as useful as nipples on a breastplate.
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Danium Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
that's not how you say it!
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
:stare: DANI
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds Irish to me
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hoggys2much Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Are we talking about Irish, Manx or Scottish Gaelic here?
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Irish, preferably.
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PlasticusForkus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Duh, it's gaelic, not gaelic. Isn't it obvious? :roll:
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
He's most likely more German anyways...
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
He's actually not... he's half Irish half Chinese...
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Guh
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mean Old Gaelic, or modern Irish (which is also called Gaelic)? The differences are subtle, but important. (And I do not know a lick of Old Gaelic)

There are a couple of things wrong with the phrase:

  • "Adhaidh" is not correct. In fact, it isn't even a word, unless it happens to be slang in some obscure dialect I am unaware of. Your Google search proved to be useful, as "aghaidh" is a word, roughly meaning "face".
    • When paired with "ar", as in the phrase, the meaning changes to roughly "in front of", which can be interpreted as "ahead" or "onwards"


  • Do not let him use soal. In most languages, that isn't even a word; but in one UK dialect, it means "dirty pond". The word you are looking for is "saol", which means "life".



Otherwise, as someone else pointed out, "leannan an saol ar aghaidh" means, roughly, "a lover of life ahead", which can be localized in English to mean "life goes on".

Hope this helps.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
You are awesome.
I think soal might have just been a typo on his part.

I read something about the phrase "Leannan an saol" by itself kind of means life goes on. Other phrases I've found,
Teann an saol ar aghaidh
Beatha leanann
Tha sin mar sin

Not sure if any of these are a better choice...
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
wait, no, soal was definitely my typo. Yikes.
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RockLou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why not have the sexy swedish language instead? :iconthefonzplz: Livet går vidare.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I prefer Norske :nod:
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RockLou Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Norwegian? :icongrossplz: The language of the devil, more like it.
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
:stare:

Anything's better than Danish, am I right? :laughing:
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RockLou Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely! Danish isn't a language, it's a series of grunts and noises!
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LaEmperatrizMariana Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It even looks sexier in Swedish. :eyes:
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RockLou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! Everything is sexier in swedish. :eyes:
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Danium Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Oompa loompa :iconoompaplz:
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
That's mildly terrifying.
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KaroBeans Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
im near enough sure that 'aghaidh' is the correct spelling. i studied irish/gaelic in school :)
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scars-and-stripes Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Good to know. I think it may have been a typo on his end. This is why I'm double checking things, he's not good with languages and stuff. He's more of a blacksmith than a wordsmith :P
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Felissauria Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Google Translate says aghaidh. :shrug: "A lover of life ahead"
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0rg Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
hinga dinga durgen
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skyhndx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
oing der boingen der flip der floppin
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
happy leif erikson day
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