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UGHDARRAS
THEISTEANAS
NA H-A LBA
Gaelic Orthographic Conventions 2005
Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................................................1
1
The spelling rule .....................................................................................................................................................................................................2
2
Consonant quality.................................................................................................................................................................................................2
3
Consonant groups .................................................................................................................................................................................................3
4
Vowel representations ......................................................................................................................................................................................4
5
Word stress and emphasis............................................................................................................................................................................5
6
Apostrophes and spacing ..............................................................................................................................................................................7
7
Sound adaptation and loan words ......................................................................................................................................................8
8
Verbs ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................9
9
Prepositional phrases .........................................................................................................................................................................................10
10
Hyphenation ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................12
11
Other orthographic issues
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
Numbers ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................14
Months of the year..................................................................................................................................................................................15
Dates .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................15
Days..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................15
Surnames ............................................................................................................................................................................................................15
Place names .....................................................................................................................................................................................................15
Titles ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................16
Acronyms ............................................................................................................................................................................................................17
Abbreviations .................................................................................................................................................................................................17
12 Word list .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................18
Gaelic Orthographic Conventions 2005
Introduction
In 1976, the Scottish Certificate of Education Examination Board (SCEEB), at the
request of its Gaelic Panel, set up a Sub-committee of the Panel to investigate issues
pertaining to Gaelic orthography. Inconsistencies in the standard of written Gaelic had
been noted by SCEEB examiners and it was felt that guidelines should be created to
ensure that an authoritative set of orthographic conventions was adopted by teachers
and examination candidates. It was also important that examiners, setters and markers
would use the document when dealing with Gaelic examination papers and scripts.
The findings of the Sub-committee were
published in 1981 in the document Gaelic
Orthographic Conventions (GOC). This
document has proved to be a valuable foundation
for many areas of Gaelic development since then
as Gaelic usage has expanded into different
domains of public life in Scotland. More recently
the GOC recommendations have been adopted
in the compilation of Faclair na Pàrlamaid.
The revised word list is not intended to be, nor to
resemble, a dictionary. It is a source of reference
which users of the document may wish to consult
when in doubt as to how a word, or related word
or phrase, should be spelt. Explanatory notes
have been kept to a minimum.
It has now been decided by the Scottish
Qualifications Authority (SQA), which
superseded the SCEEB, that the document should
be reviewed and updated, whilst adhering to the
principles and recommendations contained in the
original. It is intended that this updated document
should be easier to use, and the extended list of
nearly 2,000 words is designed to illustrate more
fully the application of the conventions. In most
cases a single orthographic form is recommended,
although it is recognised that, in some instances,
more than one form is in use.
revision of GOC.
SQA gratefully acknowledges part-funding from the
Scottish Executive and Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the
PROJECT CONSULTANT
Donald John Maciver, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
STEERING GROUP
Annie MacSween, Lews Castle College
A G Boyd Robertson, University of Strathclyde
Ian MacDonald, The Gaelic Books Council
SQA OFFICER
Marilyn M Waters
SQA CONSULTANT
Evgeniya Matyunina
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1 The spelling rule
The spelling rule — ‘leathann ri leathann is caol ri caol’ (‘broad to broad and slender to slender’) — is
the most common device to indicate orthographic forms in Gaelic. This means that when one or more
consonants come between two vowels, the vowels on either side of the consonant(s) should be of the
same class.
A If the vowel preceding the consonant(s) is
An exception to this rule occurs with some
past participles passive, eg:
broad, a, o or u, the vowel following should
also be broad.
glacte, leagte, togte, dèante
bodach, ceòlmhor, cumadh
with certain compounds, eg:
banrigh, choreigin, mocheirigh, rudeigin
B Where the vowel before the consonant(s) is
slender, i or e, then the vowel after the
consonant(s) should be slender.
and with some borrowed words, eg:
mosgìoto, soircas, telefòn
caileag, coinnich, oidhche
2 Consonant quality
A Consonants or consonant groups with
palatal quality should be indicated by placing
slender vowels (e, i) adjacent to them:
at the beginning of a word: ceann, geall,
at the beginning of a word: gràn,
sprùilleach, stòr
at the end of a word: balach, ceann, cosg,
geal, sealg
in the middle of a word: ceannaich, balach,
greann, seall, steall
at the end of a word: cruinn, cuirm,
cosgais, lochdan
Goill, rùisg, sail
in the middle of a word: clisgeadh, cruinne,
sailleadh, tuilleadh
B Consonants or consonant groups with velar
quality should be indicated by placing broad
vowels (a, o, u) adjacent to them:
C The forms seo and siud, showing palatal
quality, should be used. In the case of neo or
no, the latter is the preferred form, although
the former is appropriate in the phrase air neo.
D Taigh should be used instead of ‘tigh’, to
reflect the sound quality of the consonant.
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3 Consonant groups
A The letters sg should be used in all positions
B The prefix formerly written as comh- should
in place of sc:
be written as co- where it does not take stress,
eg:
basgaid, cosg, pasgan, Sgalpaigh, sgian
co-chomann, co-chòrdadh, co-labhairt,
The letters sp should be used in all positions in
place of sb:
co-ogha
Where it bears stress but does not have
nasalisation, words should be written as in the
examples below:
cuspair, cuspann, speal, uspag
However, because of their frequency and
familiarity, the spelling of the words deasbad,
easbaig, Gilleasbaig and taisbeanadh should be
left unchanged.
coileanta, coitheanal, coluadar
Where it bears stress and does have
nasalisation, the form comh/còmh without a
hyphen should be used:
The letters st should be used in all positions in
place of sd:
coimhleanta (compos-mentis), comhaois
aosta, a-rithist, èist, furasta, gasta, pòsta,
(person of similar age), còmhdhail
(conference, transport), còmhradh (speech)
staidhre, tuarastal, tubaist
An exception would arise in a compound
place name where the final element is ‘dal’ or
‘dail’, eg:
C Consonant groups should be simplified in:
cudrom (cuideam also acceptable),
Gramasdal, Lacasdal, Loch Baghasdail
cudromach, meòraich and meòrachan
Exceptions may also be found in the case of
established forms of personal names and
nomenclature on signage, eg:
Alasdair, Colaisde, Fionnlasdan, Taigh-òsda,
Ùisdean
Likewise, Crìosd(a), Crìosdaidh etc
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4 Vowel representations
An exception to this is agus, in which u should
not change to a, because of frequency and
familiarity.
The following are recommended forms:
A eu rather than ia as in the words beul, feur,
meud, sgeul
Similarly, ea should be used rather than io in
words like:
B ìo rather than ia as in the words dìon, fìon,
boireann, doilgheas, Èireannach, fireannach,
fìor, mìos
gailleann, timcheall
C Homophones (words with the same sound but
a different meaning) should be differentiated
where possible. For example, ceud should be
retained for ‘a hundred’ and the word for
‘first’ should be written ciad. Similarly, ‘month’
would be mìos and the word for ‘basin’ should
be written mias. The words for ‘grass’, ‘squint’
and ‘true’ should be spelt feur, fiar and fìor
respectively. The words for ‘anything’,
‘charm/spell’ and ‘storm’ should be spelt sìon,
seun and sian respectively.
However, the words aotrom, cothrom, cudrom,
cudromach should reflect the element trom in
their spelling.
F In the case of diphthongs with m in words
such as:
cam, lampa, lom, trom
the spelling without the accent should be
retained except in:
àm (time)
D The sound previously represented by the
which should have an accent to differentiate it
from other words spelt am.
vowel combination ao should be written as
adh in words such as:
adhbhar, adhbrann, adhradh
G The conventional spelling should be used in
The combination ao is retained to represent
the different sound in, for example:
the representation of the vowel quality of the
adjectival endings in words such as:
daor, faobhar, gaoth, saor
ainmeil, duineil, sgileil, sgoinneil
although in many areas these contain back
vowels when spoken. The spelling rule does
sometimes allow a closer representation of
such back vowels:
E The use of a (rather than u) to render the
sound in the unstressed second syllable in
words like balach, bodach and tioram should
be extended to most words, eg:
bodachail, cuideachail, fearail
àlainn, altram, Bìoball, comann, doras,
fallas, foghlam, madainn, solas, turas
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H The grave accent only should be used to
I The conventional spelling without an accent
indicate length:
should be retained on the long vowel sound
before ll and nn in words such as
an-dè, bò, cù, làmh, lèine, mòr, tìr
cinnteach, fillte, inntinn, till
The accent should be written on à/às (out of)
and on às whenever the vowel is open (às bith,
às dèidh, às mo chadal) to distinguish it from
as when the vowel is not open (as fheàrr, as
t-earrach, as t-samhradh etc).
bonn, cunntas, sanntach
This principle should also be applied to words
formerly spelt with the accent, eg:
dilleachdan, dinnear and trilleachan
The accent should also be used to indicate
length on capital letters:
Àird Àsaig, Ìle, Ìomhar, An t-Òban, Ùig, Ùna
5 Word stress and emphasis
A Initial Stress
However, hyphens should not be used in
borrowed or adapted words that have noninitial stress:
Where stress is on the first syllable of words,
including proper compounds, these should be
spelt as one word:
buntàta, telebhisean, tombaca
atharrais, banrigh, barrall, cuingealachadh,
Pronouns with emphasising particles (-ne -sa,
-se, -san) should generally be written as one
word:
dìochuimhnich, eatarrasan, imeachd,
smaoineachadh
Words with prefixes conform to the same
pattern:
dhaibhsan, dhàsan, dhìse, dhòmhsa,
anabarrach, anacothrom, aocoltach,
But leis-san and ris-san should be hyphenated
to avoid the juxtaposition of ss.
dhuibhse, dhuinne, dhutsa
aodomhainn, eucoir
B Non-initial Stress
C Where the emphasising particle follows a
noun or an adjective, the word should be
hyphenated:
Words in which stress does not fall on the first
syllable should generally be hyphenated, with
the hyphen coming before the part of the
word bearing the stress:
a brògan-se, ar càirdean-ne, mo leabhar-sa,
mo sheacaid ùr-sa
ban-diùc, cas-chrom
However, adjectival forms of seo, sin and siud
should be written as separate words:
Words with prefixes conform to the same
pattern:
an rud seo / an rud sa, an rud sin, an rud ud
ana-miann, ath-bheothachadh
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D The following adverbial expressions of time
F Compound prepositions with stress on non-
and place, which constitute units, should be
hyphenated:
initial elements should be written as two
words:
an-dè, an-diugh, an-dràsta, a-nis, a-rìs,
a chum, am broinn, à measg, am measg,
a-rithist
a rèir, a thaobh, os cionn, ri taobh
a-bhàn, a-bhos, an-àird, a-nall, a-nìos, a-nuas,
a-null
G airson, carson and ciamar should be written as
one word, but son/shon in expressions such as
air a son fhèin and air mo shon fhèin should be
written as separate words.
a-chaoidh, a-cheana, am-feast, a-mhàin,
a-riamh
a-mach, a-muigh, a-staigh, a-steach
H Words ending in the element -eigin should
a-màireach, am-bliadhna, an-earar,
generally be written as one word, even where
the spelling rule is broken:
an-uiridh, a-raoir
air choreigin, cuideigin, feareigin, latheigin,
E In the following common adverbial
neacheigin, rudeigin, uaireigin
expressions, meaning ‘next year’, ‘tomorrow
night’ and ‘next week’, hyphens should be
used:
The word tè-eigin should, however, be
hyphenated to avoid the juxtaposition of ee.
an-ath-bhliadhn(a), an-ath-oidhch,
an-ath-sheachdain
However, when they are nouns used in the
sense of ‘the following’ or ‘the next’ they
should be written as separate words, eg:
Bha an ath bhliadhna na b’ fheàrr
(The following/the next year was better)
Bhiodh an ath oidhche glè eadar-dhealaichte
(The following/the next night would be very
different)
Thòisich an ath sheachdain le gaoth is uisge
(The following/the next week began with
wind and rain)
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6 Apostrophes and spacing
A Apostrophes are used for the following:
D The apostrophe should not be used with forms
such as ga, eg:
forms of the article before a noun, eg
gam thuigsinn; ga mo thuigsinn
a’ ghealach
verbal nouns beginning with a consonant, eg
gad chreidsinn; ga do chreidsinn
a’ falbh
ga chluinntinn
shortened version of is, eg ’s ann, ’s dòcha,
ga h-aithneachadh
’s e, ’s math
gar togail, ga ar togail
shortened version of bu, eg b’ ann, b’ e,
gur leantainn, ga ur leantainn
b’ fheàrr
shortened version of is/agus, eg cho luath ’s a
gan coinneachadh
tha e, math ’s gu bheil e
gam faicinn
shortened version of possessive pronouns, eg
d’ fhàinne, m’ amhach
E It should be noted that the forms a’, b’, d’ and
m’ are always followed by a space. There
should not, however, be a space after dh’.
after the past tense marker dh’, eg
dh’fhalbh, dh’ith
when the preposition do becomes a dh’
Where an or am are shortened to ’n and ’m,
and are preceded by a noun or a pronoun,
they should be written as separate words, with
a space left, eg:
before vowels, eg a dh’iarraidh, a dh’Uibhist
B The apostrophe should not be used in the
following:
a bheil thu ’m beachd?, bha an duine ’n dùil,
gum faigh, gun creideadh, gur ann
tha mi ’n dòchas
làrna-mhàireach, nuair
A space should always follow ’s, and it should
never be joined to the following word, eg:
C The apostrophe should not be used in
possessive phrases, eg:
’s ann à Nis a tha mi
nam thaigh; na mo thaigh
’s e sin as fheàrr, ’s mise a th’ ann, ’s dòcha
gun tig iad
nad thaigh; na do thaigh
mi fhìn ’s tu fhèin, cho luath ’s a chì mi
na thaigh
na taigh; na h-àite
nar taigh; na ar taigh
nur taigh; na ur taigh
nan taighean; nam brògan
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7 Sound adaptation and loan words
A Words or sounds integrated into Gaelic should
be written as follows:
Initial CH may be represented by se or te:
seòclaid (chocolate), teans(a)/seansa (chance)
Initial J may be represented by i: Iapan
(Japan), Iupatar (Jupiter)
B The following words are adapted in this way:
The combination of letters oi represents a
variation of sounds in English loan words, as
in coiridh (curry) and soircas (circus),
although the word bus should remain an
exception because it is familiar in that form.
Diphthongs in adapted words should be
represented by -dh, not -gh, eg:
Initial K may be represented by c:
cileagram/cg (kilogram/kg), cilemeatair/km
(kilometre/km) (km is used to avoid
confusion with cm)
baidhsagal (bicycle), loidhne (line),
soidhne (sign), stoidhle (style)
Initial Q may be represented by cu:
cuaraidh (quarry), cuota (quota)
Final -ee and -y should be represented by
-(a)idh, eg:
Initial V may be represented by bh:
cofaidh (coffee), comadaidh (comedy),
bhana (van), Bhictòria (Victoria)
comataidh (committee), poileasaidh
(policy), tofaidh (toffee)
Initial W may be represented by u(a) or u(e):
uàlras (walrus), uèir (wire)
Initial WH may be represented by cu or chu:
chuip (whipped), cuibheall (wheel),
cuip (whip)
Initial X may be represented by s:
saidhleafòn (xylophone); X in the middle of
a word may be represented by gs: bogsa
(box), tagsaidh (taxi)
Initial Y may be represented by gh or i:
gheat (yacht), iogart (yoghurt), Iorc (York)
Initial Z may be represented by s:
sinc (sink/zinc), sù/sutha (zoo)
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8 Verbs
A The following forms should be used for the verb ‘to be’, with stress determining the choice of
alternative form where a comma is used. An oblique is used to indicate dialectal alternatives.
Past Tense forms
an robh?
gun robh
nach robh
(was/were?)
(that … was/were)
(that … was/were not)
Past Participle form
bhite/bhithist(e)
(used to be)
Conditional form
bhiodh, bhitheadh
cha bhiodh, cha bhitheadh
(would be)
(would not be)
Future Tense forms
bidh, bithidh
cha bhi
am bi?
… gum bi
… nach bi
a bhith
(will be)
(will not be)
(will … be?)
(that … will be)
(that … will not be)
(to be)
B The following forms should be used for irregular verbs, with stress determining the choice of
alternative form:
Root
Verbal Noun
Past Positive
Past Negative
abair
ag ràdh/a’ ràdh
thuirt, thubhairt
cha tuirt, cha tubhairt
beir (air)
a’ breith
rug
cha do rug
cluinn
a’ cluinntinn
chuala
cha chuala
dèan
a’ dèanamh
rinn
cha do rinn
faic
a’ faicinn
chunnaic
chan fhaca
faigh
a’ faighinn
fhuair
cha d’ fhuair
rach
a’ dol
chaidh
cha deach
ruig
a’ ruighinn
ràinig
cha do ràinig
thig
a’ tighinn
thàinig
cha tàinig
thoir
a’ toirt
thug
cha tug
The monosyllabic forms (eg bidh, thuirt) should be the norm, with the forms with two syllables (eg
bithidh, thubhairt) being used only to show emphasis. Variants such as a’ ruigsinn, cha deachaidh,
cha d’ ràinig, chunna are also acceptable.
C Forms of the verb cuir (put) should be written as follows:
Root
Verbal Noun
Past Positive
Past Negative
Infinitive
cuir
a’ cur
chuir
cha do chuir
a chur
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9 Prepositional phrases
A Prepositional phrases may consist of preposition + article + noun, eg bho + an + baile, which yields
bhon bhaile (from the town). The form bhon a’ bhaile is also acceptable. The same principle is
shown below with other prepositions.
fo + an
fon taigh, fon an taigh
mu + an
mun bhòrd, mun a’ bhòrd
ro + an
ron Nollaig, ron an Nollaig
tro + an
tron bhaile, tron a’ bhaile
In the case of leis and ris, a different pattern is found, as they do not combine with the article to
form a new word and they can be followed by two different forms of the article:
leis + an
leis an duine, leis a’ bhaile
ris + an
ris an duine, ris a’ bhaile
A similar pattern is found with anns, but additional contractions are also found.
anns + an
anns an duine, anns a’ bhaile
san duine, sa bhaile
The prepositions do and de are replaced in many areas with dha and dha/dhe, resulting in a greater
variety of forms than in the case of those above. When followed by the article they are also
sometimes written as in the fourth column below.
do + an
don bhaile, don a’ bhaile
dha + an
dhan bhaile, dhan a’ bhaile
de + an
den bhaile, den a’ bhaile
dhe + an
dhen bhaile, dhen a’ bhaile
In the case of do + an, dan bhaile may also be found.
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B Other prepositional phrases may consist of preposition + possessive + noun, eg do + mo + taigh
which yields dom thaigh (to my house). The form dham thaigh is also acceptable. The following
combined forms can be used, although the separate versions are also acceptable:
Preposition
Pronoun
Prepositional Pronoun
do/dha
mo
dom/dham
do
dod/dhad
a (masc)
da/dha thaigh
a (fem)
da/dha taigh
ar
dor/dar/dhar
ur
dur/dhur
am
dom/dam/dham
an
don/dan/dhan
mo
bhom/om
do
bhod/od
a (masc)
bho/o (a thaigh)
a (fem)
bho/o (a taigh)
ar
bhor/or
ur
bhur
an
bhon/on
am
bhom/om
bho/o
C Other simple prepositional phrases follow this pattern:
Preposition
mi
thu
e/i
sinn
sibh
iad
de
dem
dhem
ded
dhed
de (a)
dhe (a)
der
dher
dur
dhur
den/dem
dhen/dhem
fo
fom
fod
fo (a)
for
fur
fon/fom
gu
gum
gud
gu (a)
gar
gur
gun/gum
le
lem
led
le (a)
ler
lur
len/lem
ri
rim
rid
ri (a)
rir
rur
rin/rim
ro
rom
rod
ro (a)
ror
rur
ron/rom
tro
trom
trod
tro (a)
tror
trur
tron/trom
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D However, it is also acceptable to use the
E In many areas dha has replaced do as the
full forms:
bho do mhàthair
gu do sheanair
le bhur cead
ro ur bracaist
normal preposition before the article, although
do is retained when there is no article, eg:
dhan taigh, dhan a’ bhùth, taing dhan
Fhreastal, but
In the first and second plurals the forms
would be:
do thaigh mòr, do bhùth an arain, taing
do Dhia
bho ar and bho ur
le ar and le ur
de/dhe ar and de/dhe ur
ri ar and ri ur
do/dha ar and do/dha ur
ro ar and ro ur
fo ar and fo ur
tro ar and tro ur
However, in some areas dha is used even
when there is no article, especially with proper
names. In these cases, the word following
should never be lenited, eg:
dha seirbheis an Rìgh, dha Màiri,
gu ar and gu ur
dha Seumas
10 Hyphenation
A Nouns
It is acknowledged that the spelling of words
made up of more than one noun joined
together presents difficulties, and the following
guidelines are intended to assist. Compounds
are generally hyphenated if they constitute a
unit — for example, if any accompanying
adjective would normally come before or after
the paired words rather than between them, eg:
an t-eadar-lìon, brath-naidheachd,
The following words denoting persons or
groups — bean, buidheann, fear, luchd, neach,
sgioba tè — should be hyphenated when
followed by a common noun, eg:
bean-taighe, buidheann-obrach, fear-siubhail,
luchd-eòlais, neach-gairm(e),
sgioba-glanaidh, tè-labhairt
Similarly with the prefix ban(a) when the
stress is on the second syllable, eg:
bana-phrionnsa, ban-Eadailteach,
cùis-lagha, in-sheirbheis, làrach-lìn,
leabhar-latha, post-dealain, ro-ràdh
ban-s(h)einneadair
The words àite, ball, bàta, ceann, clàr, còir, cùirt,
culaidh, inneal, ionad, obair, rùm, seòmar, taigh
and uidheam should always be followed by a
hyphen when preceding another noun which is
in the genitive case, eg:
àite-fuirich, ball-maise, bàta-siùil,
ceann-suidhe, clàr-gnothaich, còir-breith,
cùirt-lagha, culaidh-thruais,
inneal-nigheadaireachd, ionad-obrach,
obair-làimhe, rùm-cadail, seòmar-ionnlaid,
taigh-bìdh, uidheam-spòrs
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When the stress is on the first syllable, there
should be no hyphen, eg:
banabaidh, banacharaid, banacheard,
banaltram
Being a prefix, unlike bean, ban is never
followed by the genitive case. The spelling
baintighearna (‘noblewoman/lady’) should also
be noted.
A similar pattern of hyphenation occurs when
one noun is used (like an adjective) to prefix
another noun not in the genitive case, with
lenition occurring where possible, eg:
B Adjectives
A prefix or an adjective preceding a noun
should always be hyphenated, eg
àrd-easbaig, ath-innse, beag-seagh,
bròn-chluich, bun-sgoil, ceann-latha,
cruaidh-chàs, dubh-fhacal, iar-cheannsuidhe, leas-stiùiriche, liath-reothadh,
mòr-roinn, trom-laighe
sluagh-ghairm, speur-bhean
It should also be noted that when the second
noun (whether feminine or masculine) is not
lenited in the nominative, it may still be
lenited in an oblique case following a
preposition and the article, eg anns an
eachdraidh-bheatha, san taigh-sheinnse.
The exceptions are adjectives that precede the
noun: droch, fìor, ioma/iomadh, prìomh, seann,
eg:
droch shùil, fìor dhuine, iomadh oidhche,
Prìomh Mhinistear, seann sgeulachd
Words that should not be followed by a
hyphen include aithisg, comhairle, greis,
iomairt, oifigeach, oifigear, òrdugh, plana,
roinn, eg:
An adjective preceding another adjective
should always be hyphenated, eg:
fad-fhulangach, ioma-dhathach,
aithisg comhairleachaidh, comhairle baile,
iomadh-fhillte, làn-eòlach,
uile-chumhachdach
iomairt coimhearsnachd, oifigeach/oifigear
leasachaidh, òrdugh cùirte, plana gnìomh,
roinn dealbhachaidh
There should be no hyphen when nouns are
separated by the article or when the second or
following noun is a proper noun, eg:
More examples of all the usages listed above
are given in the Word List.
C Adverbs
Guidance on adverbial phrases is given in
Section 5 (D).
Ball Pàrlamaid, bàta Mhalaig, bean
Thormoid, Cùirt an t-Seisein, fear an taighe,
obair na h-ola, rùm na cloinne, sgioba
rugbaidh na h-Alba, taigh Dhonnchaidh
It is not possible to give a definitive ruling on
whether a noun following a feminine noun
(whether or not there is hyphenation) should
be lenited, as there are many examples of
when such a noun is lenited and many
examples of when it is not, eg bean-ghlùine
and deise chlò but eachdraidh-beatha.
A number of examples of recommended usage
are given in the Word List.
It should be noted that an seo, an sin and an
siud should be spelt without the hyphen.
D Use of fèin and fhèin
The prefix fèin is always followed by a hyphen,
eg:
fèin-eòlas, fèin-mhothachail, fèin-mheas
However, fhèin (and the alternative first
person form fhìn) should always follow the
word it qualifies and never be hyphenated, eg:
an duine fhèin, Seumas fhèin, mi fhìn,
iad fhèin
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11 Other orthographic issues
A Numbers
There are two counting systems in use in Gaelic — one based on twenties, the other (more recently
introduced) on tens. Examples of the two systems are given below:
No.
Traditional (Twenties)
Alternative (Tens)
11
aon-deug
—
19
naoi-deug
—
27
seachd air fhichead
fichead ’s a seachd
29
naoi air fhichead
fichead ’s a naoi
30
deich air fhichead
trithead
32
dhà-dheug air fhichead
trithead ’s a dhà
40
dà fhichead
ceathrad
46
dà fhichead ’s a sia
ceathrad ’s a sia
50
leth-cheud
caogad
60
trì fichead
seasgad
70
trì fichead ’s a deich
seachdad
80
ceithir fichead
ochdad
90
ceithir fichead 's a deich
naochad
135
sia fichead ’s a coig deug
ceud ’s còig-deug air fhichead
ceud, trithead ’s a còig
50,000
leth-cheud mìle
caogad mìle
1,000,000
millean
—
1,000,000,000
billean
—
Numbers are combined with nouns thus:
Numbers should be sequenced thus:
seachd bliadhna deug/sia neach air fhichead/
fichead neach ’s a sia/fichead ’s a sia neach/
còig sgillinn deug air fhichead/trithead sgillinn
’s a còig/trithead ’s còig sgillinn
a’ chiad
an dàrna/an dara
an treas/an treasamh/an trìtheamh
an ceathramh
an còigeamh
an siathamh
an seachdamh
an t-ochdamh
an naoidheamh
an deicheamh
Whether the numbers 6, 7, 8 and 11 are
preceded by ‘t-’ depends on the gender of the
word, eg:
an seachdamh bogsa (masculine), but
an t-seachdamh bròg (feminine)
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(1d)
(2na/ra)
(3mh)
(4mh)
(5mh)
(6mh)
(7mh)
(8mh)
(9mh)
(10mh)
B Months of the year
Am Faoilleach
An Gearran
Am Màrt
An Giblean
An Cèitean
An t-Ògmhios
E Surnames
An t-Iuchar
An Lùnastal
An t-Sultain
An Dàmhair
An t-Samhain
An Dùbhlachd
Surnames including Mac and Nic should be
written as one word, but with a capital letter
on the second element:
MacAilein, MacCoinnich/MacChoinnich,
MacDhòmhnaill, NicLeòid, NicThòmais
Exceptions are surnames which include the
definite article:
C Dates
Mac a’ Ghobhainn, Mac an Aba,
Dates may be written in full or using numbers,
thus:
An seachdamh latha deug dhen Fhaoilleach
Nic a’ Phearsain
F Place names
An ceathramh latha fichead/air fhichead
An 23mh den Mhàrt
The spelling of place names consisting of two
or more elements should reflect the distinctive
elements:
23mh (An) Giblean
Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain, Dùn Èideann,
dhen Ghearran
Inbhir Nis, Obar Dheathain
26 (An) Cèitean
Where an element has become obscure, a
hyphen should be inserted:
D Days
Diluain
Dimàirt
Diciadain
Diardaoin
Earra-Ghàidheal
Dihaoine
Disathairne
Didòmhnaich or
Latha/Là na Sàbaid
The final element in names derived from
Norse -ey ‘island’ should be spelt
-aigh or -eigh:
Barraigh, Beàrnaraigh, Èirisgeigh, Pabaigh,
Periods of the day are indicated as follows:
Sgalpaigh, Tarasaigh
madainn Diluain
feasgar Dimàirt
feasgar na Sàbaid
The names of the nights of the week should be
written:
Oidhche Luain
Oidhche Mhàirt
Oidhche Chiadain
Oidhche Ardaoin
Oidhche Haoine
Oidhche Shathairne
Oidhche Dhòmhnaich/
Oidhche na Sàbaid
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G Titles
Women
It is recommended that ‘Miss’, ‘Ms’ and ‘Mrs’
be rendered as A’ Bh-Uas (a contraction of
A’ Bhean-Uasal). This would yield:
A’ Bh-Uas (Màiri) Chaimbeul, A’ Bh-Uas
The form when addressing someone would be:
A Bh-Uas Chaimbeul, A Bh-Uas Mhoireach,
A Bh-Uas NicDhòmhnaill
The article would not be written with a capital
letter except in an address, and after a
preposition the name would appear as follows:
Where it is desired to make clear that a
woman is married, the form A’ Bh-ph (a
contraction of A’ Bhean-phòsta) is used in the
same way as A’ Bh-Uas above. The genitive
would be na M-p (a contraction of na
Mnà-pòsta).
aig a’ Bh-Uas (Màiri) Chaimbeul, aig a’
A’ Bh-ph Chaimbeul, A’ Bh-ph Mhoireach,
(Sìne) Mhoireach, A’ Bh-Uas (Anna)
NicDhòmhnaill
Bh-Uas (Sìne) Mhoireach, aig a’ Bh-Uas
(Anna) NicDhòmhnaill
A’ Bh-ph NicDhòmhnaill
aig a’ Bh-ph Chaimbeul, aig a’ Bh-ph
dhan Bh-Uas Chaimbeul, dhan Bh-Uas
Mhoireach, dhan Bh-Uas NicDhòmhnaill
Mhoireach, aig a’ Bh-ph NicDhòmhnaill
dhan Bh-ph Chaimbeul, dhan Bh-ph
A dative might be marked both in the title and
in the name, eg aig a’ Mhnaoi-Uasail
Chaimbeil/Mhoirich/NicDhòmhnaill, but this
would probably be unnecessarily formal.
However, a genitive should be marked, which
would be na M-Uas (a contraction of na MnàUasail/Uaisle):
nighean na M-Uas C(h)aimbeil, nighean na
M-Uas M(h)oirich, nighean na M-Uas
NicDhòmhnaill
Mhoireach, dhan Bh-ph NicDhòmhnaill
nighean na M-p C(h)aimbeil, nighean na
M-p M(h)oirich, nighean na
M-p NicDhòmhnaill
The formulation below may also be used:
Màiri, Bean Chaimbeil Mrs Mary Campbell
Sìne, Bean Mhoirich Mrs Jean Murray
Anna, Bean MhicDhòmhnaill
Mrs Anne MacDonald
The unlenited form is strictly correct, but in
practice lenited forms such as nighean na
M-Uas Chaimbeil and nighean na M-Uas
Mhoirich are more likely to be found.
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Men
H Acronyms
It is recommended that ‘Mr’ be rendered as
Mgr (a contraction of Maighstir). The genitive
would be Mhgr (a contraction of Mhaighstir).
This would yield the following:
Gaelic acronyms, including some which are
translations, should be written as follows, eg:
BP (Ball Pàrlamaid), BPA (Ball Pàrlamaid
na h-Alba), BPE (Ball Pàrlamaid na
h-Eòrpa), CnaG (Comunn na Gàidhlig),
CNES (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar), CNSA
(Comhairle nan Sgoiltean Àraich), OGE
(Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd ’s nan Eilean),
SMO (Sabhal Mòr Òstaig)
Mgr Caimbeul, Mgr MacDhòmhnaill,
Mgr Moireach
aig Mgr Caimbeul, aig Mgr Moireach,
aig Mgr MacDhòmhnaill
do Mhgr Caimbeul, do Mhgr Moireach,
However, non-Gaelic acronyms are often left
in their original form even though the full title
may be used in Gaelic, eg:
do Mhgr MacDhòmhnaill
mac Mhgr MhicDhòmhnaill,
mac Mhgr Chaimbeil, mac Mhgr Mhoirich
BBC, NATO, SNH, SQA, UN, VAT
The form used when addressing someone
would be:
Acronyms are subject to normal inflection
patterns, eg:
A Mhgr Chaimbeil, A Mhgr Mhoirich,
aig a’ BhBC, leis a’ BhPA, oifis ChnaG
A Mhgr MhicDhòmhnaill
Other forms of address
Another format is exemplified in Màiri
Chaimbeul, Uas (a contraction of Uasal); Sìne
Mhoireach, Uas; Anna NicDhòmhnaill, Uas;
Seumas Caimbeul, Uas; Alasdair Moireach,
Uas; Cailean MacDhòmhnaill, Uas. When any
of the names are inflected in the normal way,
the Uas is unaffected.
I Abbreviations
When abbreviations appear in Gaelic form,
they are written as follows:
àir. (no.), An t-Oll. (Prof), An t-Urr (Rev),
cg (kg), dd (pp), Dr (Doctor; medical and
academic), km (km), me (eg), Mgr (Fr),
msaa (etc), tdd (pages)
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12 Word list
The following word list gives examples of how words should be spelt in accordance with principles and
recommendations set out in the document. The list cannot take full account of all the variants which
occur in speech. People pronounce certain words in different ways and this diversity is acknowledged,
but it was not practicable to include all forms in this list.
Key
adj = adjective; gen = genitive; n = noun; pl = plural; v = verb; vn = verbal noun;
f = feminine; m = masculine
Brackets:
a letter or letters in brackets may be omitted
Comma:
an alternative depending on context, eg emphasis
Oblique (/):
an alternative form or forms. Where the alternatives appear twice in reverse order
they are equally acceptable. Where the alternatives appear once, the first form is
the recommended one.
A
à from, out of
abair
a-bhàn
a bharrachd in addition; either
a bheil
a bhith to be (not ‘a bhi’)
a’ bhòn-dè
a’ bhòn-raoir
a’ bhòn-uiridh
a-bhos
acair(e)
acfhainn
a-chaoidh
a-cheana
a’ chiad the first
a-chianaibh
a chionn ’s/a chionn
a chum
a chur to put (not ‘a chuir’)
a’ cluich(e)
a’ cluinntinn
a’ cur putting
a’ dannsa(dh)
a’ dèanamh
a dh’aindeoin
a dh’aon(a) ghnotha(i)ch
adhar sky
adharc
adhart
adhbhar
adhbrann
a dh’iarraidh
a dh’ionnsaigh
adhlacadh
adhradh
a dh’Uibhist
agam (a’m for short)
agh heifer
àgh joy, bliss
A’ Ghearmailt
a-ghnàth
ag ràdh/a’ ràdh
agus
a h-uile h-oidhche
àibheiseach
aifreann
aig a’ BhBC
aigne
ailbhean
àilgheasach
aillse
aindeonach reluctant
ain-diadhaidh
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aineolach
ainmeil
ainmig
ainneamh
air a shon fhèin
air a son fhein
air choreigin
Àird Àsaig
àird headland; point of compass
àird(e) height
àireamh (àir. for short) number
airgead
airidh worthy
àirigh sheiling
àirleas/eàrlas
air-loidhne
air muin
àirneis
air neo
air seachran
airson (son for short)
airtneal
airtnealach
aiseag n
aiseal axle
aisig v
aiste out of her/it
àite-còmhnaidh
àite-falaich
àite-fuirich
àiteigin
aithghearr
aithisg
àlainn
Alba
a-mach
a-màireach
amar-snà(i)mh
am badeigin
am bi?
… am bi … (dependent form)
am-bliadhna this year
am broinn
à measg from among
am-feast ever
amha(i)ch
a-mhàin
àmhainn
amharas
a mheasg in among
àmhghair
am measg among
am Pàrtaidh Làbarach
am Pàrtaidh Libearalach
Deamocratach
am Pàrtaidh Nàiseanta
am Pàrtaidh Tòraidheach
a-muigh
an-abaich unripe
anabaich premature; unready
anabarrach
anacothrom
an-àird(e) upwards
an àird an ear
an àiteigin
a-nall
ana-miann
an-asgaidh
an ath bhliadhna
the following year
an ath-bhliadhna next year
an ath oidhche
the following night
an ath-oidhch next night
an ath sheachdain
the following week
an ath-sheachdain next week
an ceartuair
an co-bhoinn ri
in association with
an-còmhnaidh
an-dè
an dèidh/às dèidh
an-diugh
an do rinn?/na rinn?
an-dràsta
An Eadailt
an-earar
an eisimeil dependent on
anfha(i)nn
a-nìos
a-nis(e)
an làthair
anns a’ bhaile/sa bhaile
anns an taigh/san taigh
an robh?
… an robh … (dependent form)
an rud sa
an rud seo
an rud sin
an rud ud
an seo
anshocair unease; illness
an sin
an siud
antaidh
an tugte
an tuirt, an tubhairt
an uair sin
a-nuas
an-uiridh
a-null
aocoltach
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aodomhainn
aoidion leak
aoidionach leaking
aoigh guest
aoigheachd hospitality
aoigheil genial
aon-deug
aosta
aotrom
ar-a-mach
a-raoir
àrd-easbaig
àrd-ìre
àrd-ollamh
àrd-sgoil
àrd-sheanadh
àrd-ùrlar
a rèir
a-rèist
a-riamh
a-rithist/a-rìs
ars (before vowel)
arsa (before consonant)
a’ ruighinn/a’ ruigsinn
às from, out of
às bith
às dèidh/an dèidh
as fheàrr
às mo chadal
a-staigh
astar
a-steach
as t-earrach
as t-fhoghar
as t-samhradh
athair gen athar
a thaobh regarding
atharrais
ath-bheothachadh
ath-innse
B
bachall
bàidh tenderness
badhbh
Badhlach
baibheil marvellous
baidhc
baidhsagal
baidhsagalair
bàidse badge
baidse batch
bàigh bays
baile
bailiùn
baintighearna
bàirdse
balach
bàl ball (dance)
ball/bàlla ball
balla wall
ball-acfhainn
ball-basgaid
ball-bhòilidh
ball-coise
ball-dòbhrain
ball-maise
Ball Pàrlamaid (BP)
ball-seirce
bana-bhàrd
bana-bhuidseach
banacharaid
banacheard
bana-ghaisgeach
banaltram
ban-dia
ban-diùc
ban-iarla
b’ ann
ban-ogha
banrigh
ban-rùnaire
banntrach
barail opinion
baraill(e) barrel
barantas
barraid terrace
Barraigh
barrall shoelace
barrfhad top layer of peat
basgaid basket
bàta-bathair
bàt’-aiseig
batal battle
bàta-siùil
bàta-teasairginn
bàtha(i)ch
bathar
bàthte
bàt’-iasgaich
b’ e
beag-chuid
beag-feum
beag-seagh
beag-tùr
beairt
beairteach
beairteas
beairtich v equip
bean-phòsta
bean-taighe
beàrn
Beàrnaraigh
bèicearachd
Beinn na Fadhla/
Beinn a’ Bhadhla
beòshlaint
beothail
beul
beulaibh
beul-aithris
b’ fheàrr
bhan(a)
bhàsa vase
bhathar/bhathas/bhatar
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bheat vetinerary surgeon
Bhictòria
bhidio video
bhiodh, bhitheadh
bhìoras virus
bhìosa visa
bhìoto veto
bhite/bhithist(e)
bhithist(e)/bhite
bho from
bhodca vodka
bhòidse
bholt(a) volt
bholtaids voltage
bhòt
biathadh
bidh, bithidh
bilean lips
billean billion
Bìoball
bith-beò a living, livelihood
bith-bhuan
bith-eòlas
biùro
biurocrasaidh
biurocratach
blaigeard
blasta tasty
bleadraig v blether; bother
bleoghain v
bò
bobhstair bolster, mattress
boc male goat; leap
bochd poor; ill
bodach
bodha reef
bodachail
bòdhradh
bòidhchead
boireannta feminine
bogha bow; bulge
bogha-frois(e) rainbow
bogsa
bogsa-ciùil
bogsadh
bogsaig
bogsair
bogsa-litrichean
boireann
bonaid
bòst
bòstadh
braidhm
bràiste
bràmair
brèagha
Breatannach
breug
brìoghmhor
briosgaid
bris(t)
bris(t)eadh
britheamh
broidse brooch
brosgal
brù-dhearg
bruich
buaghallan
bucaid
buidheann-obrach
buidsidh budgerigar
buinteanas/buntanas
bungalo
bun-os-cionn
bun-sgoil
buntàta
bus
C
càball
cafaidh
caibideil
caidreabh
caileag
càilear
cailleach
caiptean
càirdineal
càirich v mend vn càradh
càit a bheil?
càit(e)
caithte worn out, used up
Caitligeach
caladh
calaraidh calorie
calltainn
cam
camara pl camarathan
cànan
Canèidianach
cangarù
caogad
caora pl caoraich
carabhaidh
caraich v move vn carachadh
carbad
cargu
carson
cartùn
cas-cheum
cas-chrom
catalog
cathadh snowstorm
ceàird craft, trade
ceala-deug/cola-deug
ceann-bliadhna birthday
ceann-latha deadline
Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain
ceann-suidhe
cearcall
ceàrd travelling person
ceàrn/ceàrnaidh
ceàrnag
ceàrnagach
ceart-cheàrnach
ceart-cheàrnag
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ceathrad
ceileir warble
ceimig
ceimigeachd
ceimigear
Ceinia Kenya
ceirsle ball of wool
Cèitean (An)
ceòlmhor
ceud a hundred
ceudameatair (cm for short)
cha bhi
cha do ràinig/cha d’ ràinig
chan eil
chan fhaca
chan fhuilear
cha tàinig
cha tuirt, cha tubhairt
cha tug
chì
chìte/chithist(e)
chluinnte/chluinnist(e)
chuip v whipped
chun
chunnacas
chunnaic/chunna
ciad first
ciamar
cia mheud
cidhe pier, quay
cidsin
cile kilo
cileagram (cg for short)
cilemeatair (km for short)
cinnteach
cìobair
ciopair kipper
ciudha queue
ciutha hair bun
clach-mheallain
pl clachan-meallain
clag
claigeann
clann-nighean
clàr-ama
clàr-gnothaich
clàr-innse
cleachdte
clìc
clìceach
cliobach
cliop haircut
clisgeadh
clò
cloc clock
cnàimh bone
cnàimhneach skeleton
cnàmh digest
cnap
cnap-starra(dh)
pl cnapan-starra(idh)
cnatan
cneasta
cnoc
cnuimh
co-aimsireil
co-aontaich
cò às a tha thu?
co-bhanntachd
cochall
co-chomann
co-chòrdadh
co-dhalta
co-dhiù
cofaidh
cofhurtachd
cofhurtaich
cofhurtail
coibhneas
coibhneil
coidse
còig
coilean fulfil
coileanta complete, perfect
coilleag cockle; sand-dune
coimeas comparison
coimhleanta compos-mentis
coimisean
coimpiutair
coingeis
coinnlear
co-ionann
co-ionannachd
còir-breith
còir-bhòtaidh
Coiria Korea
coiridh curry
coitheanal
co-là-breith
co-labhairt
cola-deug/ceala-deug
colaiste
colann
colòiniach colonial
coloinidh
coltach
coltas
coluadar
comadaidh comedy
comaig comic
comann
comas ability
comataidh committee
combaist
comhaois person of same age
comharra
còmhdhail
còmhla
còmhlan
còmhnard
còmhradh
còmhrag
còmhstri
còmh-thràth twilight
com-pàirt
com-pàirtich
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conntraigh
consal consul
co-ogha
co-òrdanaich
copar
còrnair
corpailear
corporra
cosg
cosgais
costa coast
cothrom
cracte
crannchur
crannchur-gill raffle
craiceann
crèadh
creideamh
criogaid cricket
crioplach
Crìosd(a)
Crìosdaidh
Crìosdail
criostal crystal
cròg
crosta
crostachd
cruinne(cè) (an)
world, universe
Cruthaighear (An)/Cruthadair
(An) the Creator, God
Cuaigear Quaker
cuango quango
cuaraidh
cuartaich/cuairtich
cùbaid/cùbainn
cucair cooker
cudrom/cuideam
cudromach
cuibheall/cuibhle n
cuibhil v wheel vn cuibhleadh
cuibhle/cuibheall n
cuideachail
cuideigin
cuidhteas
cuingealachadh
cuinn(l)ean
cuip n, v whip
cuir vn cur
cùis-lagha
cùis-uabhais
cuithe cattle fold; pit
cuithe-sneachda snowdrift
cùlaibh
culaidh-ghràin
culaidh-mhagaidh
culaidh-thruais
cultar
cultarach
cum shape
cùm keep
cumadh
cumail
cumanta
cunntas
cunntair counter (shop);
bank teller
cuòram quorum
cuota quota
curraicealam
cuspair
cuspann
D
da to him/it
dà two
dachaigh
dad
dadaidh
dàibhear
dàibhig
daineamaig n
daineamaigeach adj
daineamait
daineamo
daingeann
daingneachadh
daingnich
daithead diet
dam dam
Dàmhair (An)
danns(a) n
daoimean
daor
dara/dàrna
dàrna/dara
dathte
deach/deachaidh
deadhan dean
deàlrach
deamhais
deamocrasaidh
deamocratach
dèanta/dèante
dèante/dèanta
dearbhte
deàrrsach
deasbad
deasg
dèidheil
deilignit gelignite
deireadh-seachdain
deit date
deotar jotter
deothail
deug
deugaire
dha to him/it
dhà two
dhachaigh
dhaibh(san)
dha-rìribh/da-rìribh
dhàsan
dh’fhalbh
dhi to/for her/it
dhibh(se) of/off you pl
dhinn(e) of/off us
dhìom(sa)
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dhìot(sa)
dhith(se) of/off her/it
dhìse to/for her/it
dh’ith
dhiubh(san) of/off them
dh’òl
dhòmhsa
dhuibhse
dhuinn(e) to/for us
dhut(sa)
dian intense
Diardaoin
diathad
dìcheall
Diciadain
dìdean
Didòmhnaich
didseatach digital
digear
Dihaoine
dilleachdan
Diluain
Dimàirt
dìneasair
dinichean jeans
dinn cram, stuff
dinnear
dìochuimhnich
diofar
dìoghail/dìol avenge; repay
dìoghaltas
diombuan
dìomhair
dìon defend
dioplòmasach
dioplòmasaidh
dìoro giro
diosgo
Disathairne
dithis
diùraidh jury
dleastanas
doca dock, hollow
docair
doile/doileag/doilidh doll
doilgheas
dolair dollar
domhainn deep
domhan world
dòrainneach
doras
dosgainn
dotair (Dr for short)
do ur
drabasta
dràibhear
dram/drama dram
drama/dram dram
dràma drama
draoidh
drèana
dreasa
dreuchd
drioftair
drithleann sparkle
dr(i)ùchd
droga
drùdh
drudhag/drùdhag
drùdhag/drudhag
drùidhteach
dubh-fhacal riddle, enigma
dubh-ghorm
Dùbhlachd (An)
ducs dux
duineil
Dùn Èideann
dùthchasach
E
e he/it
eacarsaich
eaconamach
eaconamachd
eaconamaidh
eaconamair
Eaconamas Dachaigh
eacstasaidh ecstasy (the drug)
eadar-àm
eadar-amail
Eadar-liòn
eadar-theangachadh
èadhar air
eadhon
èadhraig v air
eagal
eala
ealain (not ‘ealan’) art
ealla (as in ‘gabh ealla ri’)
ealtainn
eanraich
earball
eàrlas/àirleas
Earra-Ghàidheal
eas-aonta disagreement
easaontas transgression
easbaig
easbhaidh
easbhaidheach
èasgaidh
easgann
èiginneach/èigeannach
èigh
èigheach(d)
èiginn
eileagtronaigeach
eileamaid
eilean
eilthireach
einnsean
einnseanair
einnseanaireachd
Èireannach
èirich v rise vn èirigh
èiridh will rise
Èirisgeigh
eisimeil
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eisimeileach
eisimpleir
èist
èisteachd
Èitseal
esan
eucoir
eucorach
eud
eugmhais
F
fa chomhair
fa chùis
facs fax
factaraidh
fàd
fa-dheòidh finally
faic
faiceall/faicill
faiceallach/faicilleach
faicist(e)/faicte
faicte/faicist(e)
faidhle n file
faidhl(ig) v
faigh
faighnich
faileas
faillich/fairtlich
fàillig/fàilnich fail
failmean knee-cap
fàinne
fàire
fàisgte
fallain
fallas
famhair/fuamhaire
fa-near
faobhar
faothachadh/faochadh
faochadh/faothachadh
faoileag
Faoilleach (Am)
far-ainm
faram
faramach
farchluais
farsaing
fa sgaoil
fastaidh
fastaidhear
fathann
feabhas
feadhainn
feallsanachd
fear
fearail
fear-ceàird
feareigin
fear-labhairt
fear-lagha
fear na cathrach
feart virtue; heed
feasgar Dimàirt
feasgar na Sàbaid
fèath
fèileadh kilt
fèist feast, banquet
feuch try
feur grass
feurach
feusag
feusgan
fhathast
fhuair
fhuaradh/fhuaras was found
fhuaras/fhuaradh was found
fiacail
fiach worth
fiar squint
fideiseach fidgety
fidheall
fighte
fillte
film
fìon
fìor true
fìreanachadh justifying
fireann
fireannach
fìr-eun eagle
fìrinn truth
fìrinneach truthful
fitheach
fodha under him/it
fòdhpa
foghain suffice
foghlam
fòghnan thistle
fòidhpe
foighidinn
foighidneach
foillseachadh
foirfeach church elder
foirm form
follaiseach
fon chuthach
fosgladh opening
fraighig/praighig fry
Fraingis French language
Frangach French person
freastal
freumh
frids fridge
fuaigheil v sew vn fuaigheal
fuaigheal n sewing
fuaim
fuamhaire/famhair
fuasgladh loosening, solving
fuathasach very, terribly
fùdar/pùdar
fuidheall remainder
fuiling v suffer vn fulang
fulang(as) n suffering
furasta
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furm stool
G
Gàidheal
Gàidhealach
Gàidhealtachd
Gàidhlig
gailleann
gaileis braces
gaineamh
gainmheach
gàirnealaireachd
Gall
Gallta
gamhlas
gànraich
gaoisid
gaoth
gar v warm oneself vn garadh
gàrlach nyaff
gàrradh
gasta
gèadh
geal
geall
gearain v complain vn gearan
gearan complaint
gearastan
geàrd
Gearran (An)
gearran gelding
geàrr-chunntas
geimhleag
geoimeatraidh geometry
ge-tà/ged-thà
geur
geurchuiseach
gheat yacht
ghriùlach (a’)/ghriùrach (a’)
ghriùrach (a’)/ghriùlach (a’)
Giblean (An)
gidheadh
Gilleasbaig
giorna-giùirne helter-skelter
giuthas
glacte
glaine adj cleaner
glainne glass
gleus
gleusta
gloidhc
gnìomhachas
gnù surly
goil boil
goilf
goilfear
Goill
graf
gràin
gràineil
gràinich
gràinne a single grain
gràmar
Gramasdal
gramataigeach
gràn grain
grànda
greann
grèata grate (fireplace)
grèim
greusaiche
gu leòr
gun fhiosta
gun do rinn/gun rinn
gun robh
H
haidhp hype
haidridean hydrogen
hama
hangar
heileacoptar
Hiort
hocaidh hockey
hòro-gheallaidh
hù-bhitheil stramash
I
iac yak
Iapan
iarann
iar-cheumnaiche
iar-cheann-suidhe
iarnaig
iar-ogha
iarrtas
iathadh
idrisgeach fidgety
Ìle
imeachd
imlich
ìmpire
ìmpireachd
Inbhir Aora
Inbhir Nis
ìne fingernail
inneal-ciùil
inneal-fighe
inneal-measgachaidh
Innse Gall
inntinn
ìocshlaint
iòga yoga
iogart yogurt
ioma(dh)
ioma-dhathach
iomadh duine
iomadh-fhillte
ioma-ghaoth
iomchaidh
iom-fhillte
Ìomhar
iomnaidh
iomrall
ionad-fàilte
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ionad-fiosrachaidh
ionad-slàinte
ionad-spòrs(a)
ionann
iongantach
iongantas
iongnadh
ionmhainn
ionnsaich
ionnsaichte
ionnsaigh
ionnsramaid
ionnsramaideach
Iorc York
iorghail
ìosal/ìseal
Israelach/Iosaraileach
iosgaid
iriosal
irioslachd
isbean
Iseabail
ìsle
is mathaid
is toigh le/is toil le
iubailidh jubilee
Iuchar (An t-)
Iùgoslàibhia
Iupatar
L
Lacasdal
lachdann
lagchuiseach
laimrig
laiste
Latha/Là Luain
làmh-an-uachda(i)r
làmhchair
lampa
làrach-lìn
làraidh
làrna-mhàireach
lastaig
latha/là
Latha/Là na Sàbaid
latheigin
lèabag/leòbag
leabaidh
leabhar-latha/leabhar-là
leabharlann
leaghte
leagte
leann
leasbach lesbian
leathann
leig mu sgaoil
lèine
leis-san
leiteachas bias
leòbag/lèabag
leònte
leòman moth
leòmhann lion
leòr
l(e)òsan window pane
lethbhreac
leth-bhreith
lethchar
lethcheann
leth-cheud
lethchiallach
leth-chuairt
letheach
lethoireach isolated
leth-uair
lì surface film
lide(adh)
lilidh
liodraig
lìomhte
liosta
lobhte
locair
Loch Baghasdail
logaidh
loibh(t) rotten
loidhne
loidseadh
loidsear
loidsig logic
loidsigeach logical
loiliopop
loisgte
lom
luathaireach high-spirited,
mischievous
luaths
lùbach
lùbte
luchd
luchd-ciùil
luchd-ealain
luchd-obrach
luchdte
luchd-turais
Lùnastal (An)
Lunnainn
lùths
M
Mac a’ Ghobhainn
MacAilein
MacAmhlaigh
Mac an Aba
Mac an t-Saoir
Mac-a-phì
MacCoinnich/MacChoinnich
MacIlleMhaoil
mac-meanmainn/mac-meanmna
mac-meanmna/mac-meanmainn
mac-samhail
mac-talla
madadh-allaidh
madainn
maicreasgop microscope
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maids v match vn maidseadh
maids(e) match, game
maighdeann
maighstir
maighstir-sgoile
màileid
mairtfheòil
maith/math forgive
maitheanas/mathanas
forgiveness
maitheas/mathas goodness
manaidsear
maoil forehead
mar-aon
mar-bhith fault, blame
mar eisimpleir (me for short)
margaid
màrsail
mar sin air adhart
(msaa for short)
Màrt (Am)
mar-thà/mu thràth
ma-thà/ma-tà
matamataig
matamataigeach
math/maith forgive
mathanas/maitheanas
forgiveness
mathas/maitheas goodness
m’ athair
math dh’fhaodte
math ’s gu bheil e
meacanaig
meacanaigeach
meadhan
meadh-bhlàth
mean/mion small
mèaran/mèanan yawn
mèaranaich/mèananaich
yawning
mèarrsadh
meas
meata
meatafor
meidigeach
meileabhaid velvet
mèinneadair
mèinnir
mèinnireach
mèirle
meòrachadh
meòrachail
meòrachan
meòraich
meud
meudaich
meur
meuran thimble
meur-chlàr
mial
mia(tha)laich
mial-chù
mias basin
miast(r)adh havoc
mì-chàilear
mì-chiatach
mì-chliù
mì-chofhurtail
mì-fhallain
mi fhèin/mi fhìn
mi fhìn/mi fhèin
mìlegram (mg for short)
mìleliotair (ml for short)
mìlemeatair (mm for short)
mill spoil; showers
millean
milleanair millionaire
mì-mhodh
mì-mhodhail
minig
ministear
mion/mean small
mion-chànan
mions mince
mìorbhail
mìorbhaileach
mì-phroifeiseanta
mìos month
mì-rùn
miseanaraidh
mocheirigh
modail model
modal module
mòdam
moileciuil
Moire the Virgin Mary
mo leabhar-sa
monmhar
mòr
mòrchuis
mòrchuiseach
mòr-dhail
morgaids(e)
mòr-roinn continent
mòr-shluagh
mòr-thìr mainland
mosgìoto mosquito
mu choinneamh/mu choinneimh
mu chuairt
mu dheidhinn
muicfheòil
muileann/muilinn
muilinn/muileann
muilicheann/muinichill
muiltfheòil
muilicheann/muinichill
muinighin
muinntir
muncaidh
mur(a) unless
murt
murtaidh sultry
murtair
Muslamach
mu thràth/mar-thà
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N
nàbaidh
na b’ òige
nach bi
nàdar
nàdarrach
Na Hearadh
naidheachd
nàidhlean
naochad
naoi/naodh
naoi air fhichead/naodh air
fhichead
naoi-deug/naodh-deug
naoidheamh/naodhamh
naoinear/naodhnar
neach-ciùil
neach-ealain
neacheigin
neach-gairm
neach-labhairt
neach-sgrùdaidh
neach-teagaisg
nèamh
nèapaigin, nèapraig(ear)
neas weasel
neasgaid a boil
nèibhidh
neo-ar-thaing
neochoireach
neo-eisimeileach
neo-fhoirmeil
neòghlan
neoichiontach
neoichiontachd
neo-lochdach
neoni
nìghneag
nithear will be done
niùclasach
nobhail
nuair
O
obair-dachaigh
obair-ghrèis
obair-làimhe
obair-latha
Òban (An t-)
Obar Dheathain
obraichean
ochdad
ochd-deug
Ògmhios (An t-)
ogsaidean oxygen
Oidhche Ardaoin
Oidhche Challainn
Oidhche Chiadain
Oidhche Dhòmhnaich
Oidhche Haoine
Oidhche Luain
Oidhche Mhàirt
Oidhche na Sàbaid
Oidhche Shamhna
Oidhche Shathairne
oidhirp
oifigear
oifigeach airm
oifigear leasachaidh
oifigeil
òigear
oilisgin
oillteil
oilthigh
òinseach
oirbh(se)
òirdheirc
òirleach
oisean
Ollamh (An t-)
(An t-Oll for short)
onair
onarach
opairèisean operation
opara opera
òraidiche
orains
orainsear
òran càraid
òran luaidh
òrdaich
òrdaighean
òrdugh/òrdan
òrdugh cùirte
os cionn
os ìosal secretly
os làimh
os-nàdarra(ch)
òson ozone
ostail
Ostair (An)
òstair hotelier
othaisg pl othaisgean/òisgean
P
Pabaigh
paidh pie
paidhir
paidse patch
pàigh pay
pàipear-naidheachd
paireafain paraffin
pairilis paralysis, palsy
paisgte
pàiste
paistiuraich pasteurise
pannal panel
paraimeatair parameter
paraisiut
paròil
parsail
partaidh/pàrtaidh
pàrtaidh/partaidh
pasgan
pathadh
peansail
pears-eaglais
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peile
peinnsean
peirceall
piàno
pinc
pìob-mhòr
pioramaid
piotsa pizza
pitheid
plana cànain
plana leasachaidh
plastaig
plèan(a)
plèastair/plèastraig v plaster
plèastar/pleastar n
pleidhe playtime, interval
plòidh
poball
poblach public
poblachd republic
poidhleat pilot
poidsear
poidsig
poileas
poileasaidh
poilitigeach
poilitigs
poirdse porch
pòla/pòile pole
pongail
post(a)
pòsta
post-dealain (post-d for short)
practaigeach
pragmatach
praighig/fraighig
preusant
prìomh bhaile
Prìomh Mhinistear
prionnsapal
pròbhaist
proifeasair
proifeiseanta
proipeilear
pròiseact
proiseactair
pronn
pronnasg sulphur
Pròstanach
pròtacal
prothaid
prothaideach
prothaidich v
protractair
pùdar/fùdar n
purpaidh/purpar purple
R
raidhc rake (person)
raighd ride
ràinig
ràith(e)
raon-cluiche
rathad-mòr main road
rèabhaireachd rambling
reasabaidh
rèidio
rèidiografaidh
rèidium
rèidius
rèisimeid
reoth freeze
reothadh
reòthta/reòthte
rèothte/rèothta
reubte
reudan woodworm, etc
riaghailt
ribh(se)
ribheid
rinc-deighe
rinn(e) to us
rìoghachd
rionnach
rionnag
ris(-san)
ri taobh
ro (not roi/roimh)
roghainn
roilear
roilig
roinn dealbhachaidh
ro-innleachd
roinn ionmhais
rola/roile roll
ro-ràdh
ròsta
rothaig wind up
rùbarab rhubarb
rubha
rudeigin
r(u)idhil v
r(u)idhle n
rùilear
rùisg v peel
Rùm
ruma rum
rùm-cadail
rùm-suidhe
rùm-teagaisg
rùrach/rùileach
rùsg n peel; fleece
S
sabhal pl saibhlean
sabhs sauce
sàibhear culvert
saidhbhir rich
saidhbhreas riches
saidhleafòn
sail pl sail(th)ean beam
sàil heel
saill v salt vn sailleadh
saimeant
sàirdseant
sàl brine
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salchar
samhail
Samhain (An t-)
samhla
sa, san in the
’s a, ’s an and his/her/the/their
’s ann
saorsainneachd joinery
saorsainneil
Sasainn/Sasann
Sasannach
’s dòcha
’s e
seabra zebra
seachain
seachdad
seachdain pl seachdainean
seadh aye, yes
seagh sense
seaghail
seagsaidh sexy
seal a while
sealastair/seileastair
seall
Sealtainn
seanail channel
seanailear
seanchaidh
seanchas/seanachas
seanfhacal
seansa/teans(a)
seansailear chancellor
seantans
seaplain chaplain
searaidh sherry
searmon
searmonaich
seasgad
seatlaig
seic cheque
seiche hide
seilear
seileastair/sealastair
seirbheis
seirbheiseach
sèithear
sèithear-cuibhle
seit-phlèan
seo
seòclaid
seòmar-bìdh
seòmar-ionnlaid
seòmar-leapa
seud jewel
seun charm, spell
seunta
seusan
’s fheudar
Sgalpach
Sgalpaigh
Sgarpach
sgeidse sketch
sgeul
sgì v ski vn sgitheadh
sgiamh
sgian
sgileil
sgillinn
sgiort(a)
Sgitheanach
sgìths
sglèat
sgoilear
sgoinneil
sgreamh
sgreamhail
sgreataidh
sgreuch scream
sgrìob-cheangail
sgriubha
sgriubhaig
sgriubhaire
sguilearaidh
’s i
siabann
sian storm
siad hero
’s iad
similear
sinc sink; zinc
sinn-seanair
sinn-seanmhair
sìochaint
Siog Sikh
siogàr cigar
siogarait cigarette
sìon anything
Sìona China
Sìonach Chinese
sionnsar
siop zip
siopsach gypsy
sioraf giraffe
siorc shark
siorraidh/siorram
siorram/siorraidh
siostam
sitheann
siud
siuga
slac slack, weak
slaic blow
slaighd
slaightear
slaightearachd
sleamhainn
sleids
sliseag
sloc pit
smachd
smaoinich vn smaoineachadh
’s math
(’s) math dh’fhaodte
’smaite/’s mathaid
’s mathaid/’s maite
smeur berry
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smiogaid
smior
smocadh
smocaig v smoke
snaidhm/snaoim
snaigheadair
snaigheadh
snàithlean
snaoim/snaidhm
snàthainn
snèap
snìomhte
so-dhèanta
soidhne
soidhnig
soifiostaigeach
soircas
sòisealta
soisgeul
soitheamh tame
solas light
sòlas joy
sòn zone
sònraichte
spaidsir v
Spainn(t)each
Spainn(t)is
spanair
speal
spìosrach
splais
spreadh vn spreadhadh
spreig
spreòt incite
sprochd
sprùilleach
srac vn sracadh
Sràid na h-Eaglais(e)
srainnsear
srath
sreap/streap
sreapadair/streapadair
sreapadaireachd/
streapadaireachd
sreothart
sreothartaich
srùb spout
srùbag
stàball
staidhre
stairsneach
staitistearachd statistics
staitistigeil
staoig steak
steall
steatasgop
steig v stick
steigeach
stiùidio
stiùireadair
stiùir vn stiùireadh
stoidhle
stòiridh
stòr
stràc
strèan
streap/sreap
streapadair/sreapadair
streapadaireachd/
sreapadaireachd
strì
strìoch
structar
sù/sutha zoo
suaicheanta noteworthy
suaitheanta awful
subailte/sùbailte
sùbailte/subailte
subailteachd/sùbailteachd
sùbailteachd/subailteachd
subsadaidh
sùgh orainseir
suidse switch
sùigh
suiteas sweet pl suiteis sweets
suirghe
sùith soot
Sultain (An t-)
T
tacsa help
taghta fine
taghte chosen
tagsaidh taxi
taidh
taidhear/taidhr
taidhl
taidhp
taidhr/taidhear
taigh
taigh-bìdh
taigh-cluiche
taigh-cùirte
taigh-òsta
taigh-seinnse
tàinig
tairig/tarrag nail
tàirnean/tairgean/
tarragan nails
tairsgeir/treidhsgeir
taisbeanadh
taisgte
tana
tancair
taobh-duilleig(e) (td for short)
Tarasaigh
tarcais
tarcaiseach
tastan
TBh
tè
teacsa
teampall
teanamaint
teanas
teans(a)/seansa chance
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tèarainte
tèarainteachd
tèarmann
teàrn vn teàrnadh
teatha/tì
tè-eigin
teicneòlach
teicneòlas
teicnigeach
tèile (ie tè eile)
teleasgop
teleafòn
teip
teirm term
teis-meadhan
tè-lagha
telebhisean
teòiridh theory
teòiridheach theoretical
teòth
teòthachd temperature
thàinig
tha mi ’n dòchas
thatar/thatas/thathar
thathar/thathas/thatar
thathas/thathar/thatar
tha toil agam
thig
thoir fa-near
thugainn/tugainn/tiugainn
thuirt, thubhairt
tì/teatha
till vn tilleadh
timcheall
tiogaid ticket
tiona tin
tionsail tinsel
tìoraidh goodbye
Tiridheach/Tiristeach
Tiristeach/Tiridheach
tìr-mòr
titheach
tiugainn/thugainn/tuggain
tobar m gen tobair
f gen tobrach
Tobar Mhoire
tobh(aig) v tow
todha hoe
tofaidh
togsaid/tocasaid
togte
toinisgeil
toirds torch
tomàto pl tomàtothan
tombaca
tò(i)n
tonsail
tost silence
tost(a) toast
tostach
trafaig
traidhfeal trifle
traidhsagal
traidiseanta
trainnse
tràlair
trasta adv diagonal
trealaich
treamhlaidh bug, illness
trèan(a)
trèan vn trèanadh
trèan(aig) v
treidhe
treidhsgeir/tairsgeir
tribiùnal
trilleachan
trìoblaich triple
triom mood
trithead
trìtheamh (an)
tsinthach (an)
tro (not ‘troimh’)
troigh foot (measurement)
troilidh trolley
troimh-a-chèile
tugainn/tiugainn/thugainn
truileis
truinnsear
trustar
tuairmse
tuarastal
tughadh
tuilleadh
tui(r)neap
tuireadh lament
tuirt, tubhairt
turadh dry weather
turas
U
uabhar
uabhas
uabhasach
uamh
uaireigin
uàlras walrus
uamhraidh very, terribly
uanfheòil
ubhal
uèir-bhiorach
ugh
ùghdarras
uidheam-glanaidh
Ùig/Ùige
Ùige/Ùig
uile-gu-lèir
uilinn/uileann
uill well
uimhir
uiread
uireasbhaidh
uirle-thruis chaos, stramash
uirsgeul
Ulapul
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Ùna
uncail
Urànas
ùrlar
ùrnaigh
urra
urrainn
Urramach (An t-)
(An t-Urr for short)
ùruisg
uspag
X
x-ghath
NOTES
34
UGHDARRAS
T HEISTEANAS
NA H-A LBA
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24 Douglas Street
Glasgow
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Tel: 0845 279 1000
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BB1532
August 2005

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