Uill Wind wrote:
Is there any interest here in people posting words and phrases that grab them in Irish. I love the words for describing people. gives you a great insight into the language and culture. Like the descriptions in the Dineen dictionary. You can read a lot into what was going on at the time . Tá súil agam go mbeidh suim ag daoine.
e.g. Lánúin, meaning couple. I understand comes from the observation that lovers tend to follow each other around and hang out together (lean- to follow)
I enjoy these sorts of things and will post some here from time to time for my own amusement if nothing else. if you have any?...
I enjoy such things as well.
I'd question the idea that "lánúin" comes from "lean," however, given the very different pronunciation of "lean" and "lán." It would make more sense that it comes from "lán" (full).
Or perhaps the person was thinking of "leannán" (lover).