Sunday, June 15, 2014
Part of the learning process these nine days has been to notice vocabulary differences between the two cultures: USA and Northern Ireland. The following words and phrases resonate in my mind today as I write the final blog post for our group:
Bouchee = What’s up? How’s it going?
Lads, Lasses = Boys, Girls
Soft Weather = Really nice weather—not stormy, not hot or cold, but just right!
Eire = Celtic word for Ireland
Bally = There are many definitions, but most often this word is used to mean something like a town, townland, home, clan, group, gathering.
BallyBrown = The name that our group “took” to describe who we are. Bally John Brown University didn’t have the sound we were looking for, so we chose BallyBrown to describe ourselves while in Ireland!
Ballad = A narrative set to verse
Aye = Yes
Wee = Something small or little, but we noticed that this expression was sometimes used beyond the meaning of small: “Wee little receipt,” “Wee little minute,” “Wee little screen (it was 15 feet wide),” “Wee little day,” etc.
Inch = Island
We noticed that in many of the conversations with educators, clergy, businesspeople, children, and “locals” in restaurants and around the city, people frequently interjected the word, me, in the same way that Americans interject the word, my, only the Irish do it with a lovely, soft lilt that is difficult for an American to replicate! If we could replicate that wonderful brogue with the lilt, it is possible that our home-bound journey would be described in the following way to our students back in Northwest Arkansas:
Boutchee me lads and lasses! Aye, the Lord has blessed us brothers and sisters with soft weather for our journey home. Eire is the only place that ever we visited where it took one day to get thar and two days to get home.
We of the BallyBrown formed lifelong friendships and truly became a family while in Northern Ireland. Please enjoy this acrostic poem:
E agle views of the Emerald Eire
L aughing till me sides ache
A mazing new friendships
N ightly reflections are not so bad
D istinguished new mentor – Dr. Hadden Wilson
B ig hills and low valleys
A wesome wonder of God to make such a place
L earning can be fun
L oving is easy within the Clan
Y elling FREEDOM from the top of Navan Fort really does free the soul
B eing with friends who become family is remarkable
R ejection of love is never an option
O vercome with emotion joy/sadness
W ishing I could do it all again
N o one can take away the fire that Ireland has created in me