Motherfoclóir
Motherfoclóir

Motherfoclóir

Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language

LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES

240 Pages, 5.25 x 7.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: February 2018

ISBN 9781786691866

Rights: US & CA

Head of Zeus (Feb 2018)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: February 2018
 

Overview

A humorous investigation of the Irish language

Motherfoclóir [focloir means "dictionary" and is pronounced like a rather more vulgar English epithet] is a book based on the popular Twitter account @theirishfor. As the title suggests, Motherfoclóir takes an irreverent, pun-friendly and contemporary approach to the Irish language. The translations are expanded on and arranged into broad categories that allow interesting connections to be made, and sprinkled with anecdotes and observations about Irish and Ireland itself, as well as language in general. The author includes stories about his own relationship with Irish, and how it fits in with the most important events in his life. This is a book for all lovers of the quirks of language.

Reviews

"A completely fresh take on the Irish language." —Irish Examiner

"Full of familiarity, of nostalgia, of humour and warmth. The author"s voice really brings the book and the language to life—he somehow manages to remove all the boring aspects, and replaces them in with rich stories, with quirks, with colour and poignancy . . . I'll be recommending it heartily." —Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Author Biography

Darach O'Séaghdha is the author of popular twitter account @theirishfor, whose followers include Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne, Marian Keyes, Colm Toibin, and Gerry Adams.