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The Light Blue Book

Postby bilbo » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:37 pm

Gentle readers might care to know of the imminent arrival of a new publication of impeccable Scottish arts....

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14958492.The_blue_book__new_compendium_of_Gaelic_erotic_verse_traces_hidden_literary_history/

P'rhaps just the thing for a Message Up The Chimney To Santa.... or a literary source for the next Burns Supper.

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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby Aja » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:12 am

Just wondering what your Google search was to get that result :oops:
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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby bilbo » Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:46 am

Akshully, Tonald, me ould fruit, I had been researching articles on The Craigallian Fire..... which my grandfather frequented before - and after - his Spanish Civil War episode.... which turned up some old pieces 'online' in The Herald. One was an journo's appreciation of 'An Leabhar Liath' in the sidebar.

Serendipity. That's all.

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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby BlowingOldBoots » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:56 am

Ah, I thought this was a companion to 'The Blue Flame', which is about hooch not smooch!
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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby lady_stormrider » Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:50 pm

The Light Blue Book? Is this like The Blue Book? A Guide to Passages and places to explore?
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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby bilbo » Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:25 pm

No, Lady_Stormrider. Again, no.

Not even close.

But it may be an appropriate post for 'BlueMoment'....

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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby lady_stormrider » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:31 pm

I'm a Lady - I think there are too many uncouth sailors* in the other place, saying rude things. That doesn't happen on here

*And someone who keeps saying the Anderson 22 can beat anything on the water.
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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby DaveS » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:12 pm

On a slightly more esoteric note, the translation gives liath = light blue. This is interesting because liath is usually translated as grey. But glas is also usually translated as grey. I have for some time thought that these describe different shades of grey.

Doing a little digging, Faclair Beag gives liath = 1 grey 2 grizzled while Dwelly gives liath = Grey, grey-coloured. 2 Greyheaded, grey-haired. 3 Mouldy. 4** Lilac. 5** Pale. 6 (AH) In dyeing this word describes a very light blue colour. Liath is dubh, light blue and black; falt liath, grey hair, aran liath, mouldy bread.

Faclair Beag interestingly also gives liath-uaine = grey-green and liath-ghlas = 1 light grey 2 hoary.

Faclair Beag gives glas = 1 grey-green 2 pale, wan, sallow 3 green, unripe while Dwelly gives glas = Grey, pale, wan, ashy, sallow. 2 Poor. 3(DC) Green, as grass, unripe corn, &c

From that I think it safe to say that while both liath and glas each cover a range of shades they are quite distinct. However, on translating blue to gaelic both dictionaries give gorm which can mean either blue or green! This really isn't easy.

The other gaelic colours which had me puzzled were ruadh and dearg, both of which are normally translated as red.

Faclair Beag gives ruadh = (browny) red, rust-coloured, ginger, russet (used for natural fibres e.g. hair, wool...) and Dwelly gives ruadh = Reddish, of a reddish colour, ruddy. 2 Red in general. 3 Red-haired. 4 Dried, scorched. 5** Brown. An tuil ruadh, or an dìle ruadh, the general deluge; sgillinn ruadh, a penny; Seumas ruadh, red-haired James.

Faclair Beag simply gives dearg = red colour while Dwelly is more fulsome, giving dearg = Red, ruddy. 2 Flaming. 3 Red-hot. 4 Real, very, intense, inveterate. 5 Violent. 6 Downright mad. 7* Most abandoned or notorious. 8 Complete. 9** Bitter. 10** Severe. 11** Turned or ploughed. 12†† Impetuous. 13 Gules, in heraldry, represented by perpendicular lines, see illust. Dearg amadan, a complete fool; dearg mhèirleach, a notorious thief; dearg strìopach, a most abandoned strumpet, prostitute; dearg mar fhuil, red as blood; air an dearg chuthach, stark mad; talamh dearg, turned or ploughed land; feòil dhearg, red or raw flesh. [Dearg is often prefixed to a noun when it is required to express an extraordinary degree of guilt, &c., as, tha an dearg-chiontach saor, the glaringly guilty is free; tha an dearg chuthach air, he is mad with rage.

My tentative conclusion from this is that dearg is a brighter or more intense red than ruadh.

Anyone with the gaelic care to comment?
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Re: The Light Blue Book

Postby bilbo » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:05 pm

Does the gaelic have an expression for 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'...?

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