The Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook: Authentic Words and Phrases in the Celtic Language of Scotland

The Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook: Authentic Words and Phrases in the Celtic Language of Scotland

by Emily McEwan

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This book helps readers to choose an appropriate word or phrase for a tattoo in the Scottish Gaelic language. Gaelic is growing in popularity due to the media phenomenon of Outlander as well as people exploring their ancestry. Many people want a tattoo with a Gaelic word or phrase to tell a story about their Scottish or Celtic roots. But most people can’t find the accurate information about Gaelic that is needed to get a good tattoo. They try to do their own translations instead and end up with embarrassing mistakes. This book can help--it contains a glossary of nearly 400 authentic Gaelic words and phrases suitable for tattoos, history and description of the Gaelic language, examples of real-life Gaelic tattoos that went wrong, advice on how to avoid common mistakes, and insights on how to incorporate Gaelic words into a tattoo design that honours and supports the culture. The book focuses on language and does not contain artwork. This book is for tattoo enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in Celtic, Scottish, and Gaelic language and culture. Praise for The Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook: “[an] informative, succinct and incredibly useful little volume for all with the desire to Gaelicise their skin.” --Àdhamh Ó Broin, Gaelic consultant to the television series “Outlander”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153029498
Publisher: Bradan Press Ltd.
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 273,420
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Emily McEwan is an author and linguistic anthropologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been involved with Gaelic in Scotland and later in Nova Scotia for over 25 years. Dr. McEwan blogs about Gaelic at and has authored academic articles on Gaelic revitalization as well as popular magazine articles on aspects of Gaelic language and culture. She specializes in the linguistic and cultural revitalization of Scottish Gaelic and other minority languages.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1-What is Scottish Gaelic? (History and current situation; Brief description of the language); 2-Gaelic Tattoo Problems (The definition of translation; Inadequate translation methods; Using machine translation; Using an English-to-Gaelic dictionary; Copying examples from the internet; Asking a stranger to translate for free; Asking a friend or family member; Real-life examples: Military service, Honouring a family member, Scottish nationalist sentiment, Love for a partner; Gaelic tattoo ethics); 3-How to Choose a Gaelic Tattoo (Use the glossary in this book; Pay a professional translator; Learn the language; Forewarning); 4-The Basics of Gaelic Writing (The Gaelic alphabet, Gaelic spelling rules, Accent marks and apostrophes, Which font to use, How to pronounce Gaelic); 5- Gaelic Tattoo Glossary (How to use the glossary; How to search: Format of entries, Parts of speech, Capitalization, Bible verse excerpts, Gaelic proverbs; The Gaelic Tattoo Glossary: Place and identity, Family, Love and friendship, In memoriam, Religious and spiritual, Courage, honour, and military service, Work, activities, and identities, Emotions, qualities, and concepts, Gaelic proverbs and expressions); References; Glossary Index.

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