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Good on you! My family always hates it when I drive them anywhere -- and I always have to drive, of course, because otherwise I can't get them to stop and check on the potentially injured chipmunk or the probably stray poodle. And they won't have the right gear in the trunk to deal with either.
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OH!! I geddit! Sorry, I didn't realize.

Anywho, ya Scottish lunk, you, it's not unpronounceable. It's "saint mel-ANG-eth" (the Welsh version of St. Francis of Assisi).
I'll go with that. Like I've said before, I'm a Baptist, the only saint I know anything at all about is Nicholas.

I need to really study up on my Gaelic. How they ever get my name out of MacBheathain (which means son of the lively one) I'll never know. Actually I do know, they have it broken down on the web page, I just don't get it.
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If it helps at all, the guys who invented the spoken language were natives, and the guys who invented the written language weren't. Hence the spellings are based on listening with a medieval Latin monk's mind. Very twisty.
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I know that illiteracy was a big issue in the first days of the census in the US, and it was up to the census takers understanding of the pronunciation of the name of the one being censed. However, that doesnít explain ll being pronounced th, or the th in mine being sitlent. But then again, after looking at city/town names in England, it is quite obvious that the English donít speak English.

How did we get from kittens on a vacuum to lessons in Gaelic anyway?
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