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A Treatise on the Sidhe Languages!

“Whatch ye doin there boyo? I be hearin yer bout to go down ta the old docks? Really? Well, best be takin’ yer sword cuz I here dem’ Dock Barons dun like ye much.”

 

The Sidhe are a strange quizzical race, who have four known spoken languages, and a variety of dialects. They all however share a key few features for those wanting to spice up their roleplay. So without further ado the basics of Sidhe slang!

 

Learning to Gab!

The first thing to remember is that if you are a high ranking Sidhe your gob (mouth) is not going to be thickly accented compared to a member of the Tuathanach. However, no matter how you spin it a Sidhe do have a particular twang and musical sense to their speech. The first things to remember are the following:

  • Sidhe who live closer to the Great Coill do not use “TH” sounds in their speech. Their usage of the Sean Teanga (old tongue) is much more rampant than say the Fox or the lands of Kernow. Eire dwellers drop the “a” or “uh” sounds before a lot of sounds “above” becomes “bove”.
  • Albans tend to speak farther back in the throat. They do not use “H” sounds when sounds when speaking and they stress their vowels if the are “uu” or “ay”. If its a short vowel like the sound in “pen” its shortened. Albans also morph “d”s into “t”s and “ar” into “ir”.
  • Kernowyon (those from Kernow) tend to speak in a very flightly sense.
  • Cymri have musical accents sounding a bit like people from the Greaet Coill, but often keep the TH sounds!

 

Mortal example:  ”How are you?”

Coil-Folk Sidhe: “How be ye?”

Alban Sidhe: “”ow be yih”

 

Another aspect to know is that Sidhe do not use terms such as “Is” or “are”. Those doing so are often considered pretentious and highborn (a basic way to make yourself sound like a know it all is simply use “is”). They prefer to use the word “be” in most cases. Finally they mostly drop the “ing” sound on words. Only the Cymri seem to pronounce it out loud and is often a marker of their heritage.

Then there is the basic morph of the following words:

  • You becomes ye.
  • Your or You’re becomes yer.
  • To becomes ta.
  • I is often simply dropped for the word me, the same is said for my (Meself, Me way etc).

 

Languages of Cels

The languages of Cels are another aspect that some might find interesting. As mentioned in the Sidhe Language information each province has its own native tongue. Often these languages are spoken among the  members of that province only, but can be learned by those outside. The reason why these regional languages have pervaded the Tuath is mostly due to the Clanns and the independence of the Septs.

 

Basic Bearlin Slang

For the novice of Altear lore, Bearlin is the name for “common” in Cels. Basically its english. Please note that a lot of Bearlin IS based off of various dialects of modern Celtic areas. We’re just going to cover the basics here.

 

Basic Universal Bearlin Terms

Gaffer – Boss.

Gob – Mouth

Gab / Jab – To talk

Feck – Form of the word “Fuck”, actually means to strike someone.

Shite – Form of the word “Shit”

Bowsy – Drunkard

Git – Fool

Bloody – Common Exclamaition other forms includ “Bleed off!” “Bleeding idiots!”

Edjit – Idiot

Guards – Slang for the Gardai or Guardians of a Clann.

Lot – A group of people.

Nutter – Crazy

Sleveen – Cunning or crafty sort.

Lad – Boy

Lass – Girl

Aye – Yes

Da – Father

Mam – Mom

Dun – Don’t

 

Common Alban Terms

Laird – Lord

Bairn – Baby

Aff – off

Cannie – Smart

Dinnae – Didn’t

Dobber – Fool

Fae – From

Geez – Give

Hoora – Very

Ken – Know

Mibay – Maybe

Naw – No

Radge – Crazy

Yin – One

 

Common Kernish Slang 

Abroards – Open

Ought! – Nothing, No, Zero

Assob’n – That is it, that’s it!

Baistly – Horrible, ugly, vulgar

Clidgy – Messy

Coose – Chase

Crake – Whine

Edna – Isn’t

Ess! – Yes

Fowst – Shabby

Glaze – To look at something, to stare

Niffed – Annoyed

 

Common Cymri Slang

Arri – Yes / Agree!

Arri arri – (No belief, full of shit)

Scrut – Stupid / Fool

Tidy – Nice

Bewt – Good, fantastic

Tunky – Shit

Nits – Nuts

Huck up! – Shut up!

 

Common Mananish Slang

Agg – To cut something

Augh-Augh – (A word of interjection)

Baygal – Ugly

Besom – A woman

Boh – A boy or man

Janging – Loud or Noisy

Jig – To have fun

Jiggered – To be shut or locked up

 

Basic Sean Teanga (Gaelic)

These are the basics of Gaelic (Irish) which we use for the Sean Teanga or standard “Sidhe Old Tongue”. Most of this just covers basics of the Sidhe’s native tongue. The language of Sean Teanga is from the lands of Eire were the first colonies of the High Kingdom were founded the people of Eire call themselves the Eirineach.

 

Greetings

Fàilte – Welcome

Dia Dhuit – Hello

Dias muir dhuit – Reply to hello.

Go raibh maith agat – Thank you!

Slan – Goodbye

 

Phrases

Conas ata tu? – How are you?

Ta me go maith – I am good.

Ta me go dona – I am sad.

Ta bron orm – I am sorry.

Oiche Maith! – Good Night!

Maidin Maith – Good Morning!

Is mise – My name is.

Mol me Danu – I praise Danu.

 

Titles and Terms

Tiarna – Lord

Ceili – Client

Bantiarna – Lady

Ri – King (leader of a province)

Banrion – Queen

Ard Ri – High King

Taoiseach – Chieftain

Tanaiste – Second of a Clann

Flaith – Chief

Garda – Guard

Sealgaire – Bounty Hunter

Ridire – Knight or Cavalary man

Laoch – Sworn warrior or Champion

 

How to refer to people:

  • Mo thiarna – M’Lord!
  • Mo bhantiarna – M’Lady

 

Albanic Terms and Phrases

The language of Alba isa  derivative of Sean Teanga taken from tribal groups who left the original colonies of Cels for the moors of the west. Albanic in human terms is Scottish Gaelic. Its a mutual language to Gaelic, but shares some key differences. The people of Alba call themselves the Albannaich.

 

Greetings and Phrases

Hallo – Hello

Ciamar a tha sibh? – How are you?

S mise – My name is __

Maidinn Mhath – Good Morning!

Oidhche Math – Good evening!

Tioraidh – Good bye!

 

Titles and Terms

Triath – Lord

Bean uasal – Lady

Ceannaiche – Client

Geàrd – Guard

Tòisiche - Second of the Clann

Curaidh – Warrior / Clann Champion

Siorrachd – County

Righ – King

Ban-Righ

Ard Righ – High King

Draoidh – Druid

Sìth - Sidhe (singular)

Sìthean – Sidhe (plural)

 

How to refer to people:

  • Mo Thriath – M’Lord
  • Mo Bhean uasal – M’lady

 

Kernish Terms and Phrases

Kernish was derived from the language spoken by the old Prydaini tribes of old and shares a common lineage with Cymru. In mortal words its Cornish (the language of Cornwall). The people of Kernow call themselves the Kernowyon.

 

Greetings and Phrases

Dynnargh dhis – Welcome

Dydh ga – Hello

Fatla genes? – How are you?

Ow hanow yw – My name is ___

Myttin Da – Good Morning!

Nos Dha – Good Night!

Dyw genes! – Good bye!

 

Titles and Terms

Arloedh – Lord

Arloedhes – Lady

Kliens – Client

Gwerinor – Peasant

Ruw – King

Ardh Ruw – High King

Drewydh – Druid

Penntern – Chieftain

Pennsevik – Second of a Clann

Chyf – Chief

Gwardya – Guard

Breselyas – Warrior, / Clann Champion

Helghas – Bounty Hunter

Marghek – Knight

Pow – Province

Konteth – County

Kordh – Clann

Loeth – Sept

Teylu – Fine, House

Penn-Teylu – House Leader

Spyrys – Sidhe (singular)

Spyrysyon – Sidhe (plural)

 

How to refer to people:

  • Ow Arloedh – M’Lord!
  • Ow Arloedhes – M’Lady!

 

Cymyric Terms and Phrases

Cymric is a nearly lost language primarily spokenby those Septs claiming Cymri descent. Derived from the language that evolved out of Kernow, humans know it as Welsh. The people of Cymru refer to themselves as the Cymry (pronounced as Cymri).

 

Terms and Phrases

Croeso – Welcome!

Hylo – Hello

Shwmae? – How are you?

___ dwi – ___ is my name.

Bore da – Good morning!

Nos da – Good Night!

Hwyl – Good bye!

 

Titles and Terms

Arglwydd – Lord

Boneddiges – Lady

Cwsmer – Client

Gwladwr – Peasant

Brenin – King

Brenhines – Queen

Dwys Brenin – High King

Derwydd – Druid

Pennaeth – Chieftain

Tyswysog – Second of a Clann

Pen – Chief

Sgrin – Guard

Rhyfelwr – Warrior / Clann Champion

Heliwr – Bounty Hunter

Marchog – Knight

Talaith – Province

Sir – County

Clan – Clann

Llwyth – Sept

Tyaid – Household

Pen-Tyaid – House Leader

Ysbryd – Sidhe (Singular)

Ysbrydion – Sidhe (Plural)

 

How to refer to people:

  • Fy Arglwyd – M’Lord
  • Fy Moneddiges – M’Lady

 

Mananish Terms and Phrases

The folk of the Inish (the Islands) are known as the Mannan or as they call themselves Ny Manninee or simple Manninee.  The lanuage of Mananish in the mortal realm is known as Manx.

 

Terms and Phrases

Failt royd – Welcome

Dy bannee die – Hello

Mish __ – My name is ___

Moghrey mie – Good Morning!

Oie mie – Good Night!

Slan ihiat – Good bye!

 

Titles and Terms

Chiarn – Lord

Ben seyr – Lady

Cliant – Client

Geaman – Peasant

Ree – King

Benrein – Queen

Ard Ree – High King

Druaight – Druidmarrinagh

Toshiagh – Chieftain

Toshee – Second of a Clann

Triah – Chief

Gardey – Guard

Fer caggee – Warrior / Clann Champion

Marrinagh – Mariner / Ship-to-ship Fighter

Shelgeyr – Bounty Hunter

Reejerey – Knight

Thalloo – Country / Province

Clein – Clann

Sleih – Sept

Kynney – Household

Kione-Kynney – House Leader

Ferrish – Sidhe (Singular)

Ferrishyn – Sidhe (Plural)

 

How to refer to people:

  • My Hiarn – M’Lord
  • My Ven Seyr – M’Lady

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