Curragh
Posted: 20 January 2008 06:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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SOED seems to be telling me that curragh meaning a marsh and curragh meaning a boat are not related, but, by Jingo, that can’t be right, can it?

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Posted: 20 January 2008 10:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Apparently it is. OED makes no connection either.

currach, -agh

small boat, etc

[Ir. curach boat, little ship; also corrach boat, coracle; cf. Welsh corwg, also corwgl, cwrwgl CORACLE; these point to an OCelt. *kuruk-os, *kurok-os boat. (The spelling carrogh in Camden and his citers is prob. only a misprint.)]

curragh

marshy waste ground

[Ir. corrach marsh, Manx curragh moor, bog, fen.]

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Posted: 21 January 2008 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Homonyms are common; why the astonishment?

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Posted: 21 January 2008 05:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Well, in this case there is something of a semantic connection between the homonyms.

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