April 22, 2004

Bill de hÓra's name

Bill de hÓra answers my question in his blog, but it takes a long time before I get the answer I was looking for from Jon Hanna:

Irish orthography distinguishes between letters that are always part of a word and letters that are part of a word mutating depending on how it's used. The word is being written as if it were an irish word "Óra" which is mutated when following "de" to "de hÓra" (in all lower-case it would be "de h-óra", and if one were using a Gaelic like those at http://www.evertype.com/celtscript/csmain.html then it would be "de h-Óra" in that case as well). The distinction can be significant, "ár nAthair" means "our Father", "ár Nathair" means "our Snake", the lower-case difference between "ár n-athair" and "ár nathair" making this a bit clearer.

The whole comment trail is really interesting, though. Take a look.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at April 22, 2004 07:53 PM
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