An tAsal agus an Bia

5. An tAsal agus an Bia.

Bhí asal agus bhí ciseán ar a mhuin, agus bhí an ciseán lán de bhia mhaith, i gcómhair na bhfear a bhí ag obair sa ghort ar an dtaobh thall den bhaile. Ag cur an bhóthair de don asal, do chonaic sé feóchadán breá glas borb i leataoibh an bhóthair, agus chrom sé ar é ’ dh’ithe. Nuair a chuaigh blas cúmhartha an fheóchadáin suas ’na chogansach do dhein sé a mhacnamh mar seo.

“Is greannmhar an scéal é,” ar seisean. “Is ’mó ’ bhia fónta agam sa chiseán so thiar ar mo mhuin, agus is mór é dúil na bhfear ann. Ach imbriathar go mb’fheárr liom féin an feóchadán so ná é.”

An Múineadh

“Gach éinne is a mheón féin aige.”
“Beatha dhuine a thoil!”

Foclóirín

beatha dhuine a thoil: “there is no accounting for taste; to each his own”.
cogansach: “the back part of the palate and the area around the upper teeth where the taste of something is felt; the masticatory region”. Masculine here, but feminine in the CO. Note also that Ó Dónaill’s dictionary has a different definition for this word.
cúmhartha: “fragrant; appetising”, or cumhra in the CO. Pronounced /ku:rhə/.
feóchadán: “thistle”.
greannmhar: “funny; odd”, pronounced /grʹa’nu:r/.
imbriathar: “really, upon my word!”, pronounced /əm brʹiəhər/.
i gcómhair: “for; in store for”. PUL consistently spelt this word i gcóir, but his etymology appears to be wrong. Dinneen’s dictionary an the Dictionary of the Irish Language both agree this is derived from cómhair, “presence”. PUL was one of the older speakers who had nasalisation, and he stated that i gcómhair had no nasalisation, but it may be that i gcómhair and a separate word i gcóir, “ready, in an appropriate state”, had become conflated (with non-nasalised pronunciation) in Cork Irish.
’mó: “many, much”, or iomaí in the CO. Note this was spelt iomdha in the original, but is normally pronounced /mo:/ in Cork Irish. Also, the lenition on bia in the phrase is ’mó ‘ bhia implies a trunction from is ’mó dhe bhia.

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