Ich Bin Ein Taoschnó

Yes, taoschnó. That’s the answer to the Twitter question (asked by @patricox) “How do you say donut in Irish? Some Irish cops want to know.

Thanks to @aonghusoha for the translation into Irish (Gaeilge).

The question was prompted by the news that members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are lining up to learn Irish.

Two points arise:

  • Such a development would have been unthinkable not so long ago. It’s good news. It’s also a reminder of how the fortunes of a language can be closely tied to political, as well as social and cultural events.
  • It’s also further evidence there is little danger of the Irish language dying out soon, though not everyone speaking it can actually understand each other.

Yes, I know about the urban myth.

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.


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