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Gaeilge Tamagotchi

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The Irish language has 4,400 different words merely to describe someone; to convey their character, their demeanour, their shape or stature. They are rarely used now. Many are already dead.

  • súghóg – stain left by tears
  • iarmhaireacht – loneliness at cock-crow
  • dril – drop glancing in the sun
  • spailp – surprise kiss

In Gaeilge Tamagotchi Manchan invites you to adopt an Irish word. Participants wind through a labyrinth of 30m of raw Irish linen to receive an endangered Irish word from the artist, which they agree to nurture, nourish and take guardianship of. They each receive a word unique to them and are given the opportunity to print or paint their word on stone, oak-wood or linen as a ritualistic covenant.

Tá 4,400 focal éagsúil sa Ghaeilge le cur síos a dhéanamh ar dhuine: lena gcarachtar, a meon, a gcruth a chur in iúl. Is annamh a úsáidtear a bhformhór acu anois. Tá cuid mhór acu básaithe cheana féin.

In Gaeilge Tamagotchi tugann Manchán cuireadh duit focal Gaeilge a uchtú. Siúlann tú trí lúbra 30m de línéadach Éireannach le focal Gaeilge atá i mbaol a fháil ó Mhanchán, agus geallann tú an focal a chothú agus a chaomhnú agus cúram a dhéanamh de. Faigheann gach éinne focal sainiúil dó nó di féin amháin, agus tugtar an deis dó nó di an focal a phéinteáil nó a phriontáil ar cloch, ar adhmad darach nó ar línéadach mar chúnant deasghnách.

See also: Arán & Im

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