have to be irish

TalesFromYourServer: I'm beginning to hate what makes me unique...

This isn’t a story, but rather just an observantion from working in the industry for a few years.

Customers love to point out the obvious. The chatty ones really want to talk about whatever stupid thing immediately pops into their head at the time. I have an old Irish name that doesn’t line up with how English phonetics work. This is a topic I have to talk about at least twice during every single one of my shifts. I use to love my name, but now I’ve heard every Tom, Dick, and Harry’s opinion on it and it’s driving me crazy. Some people think it’s pretty. Some think it’s weird. EVERYONE has to tell me about their last/eventual trip to Ireland. I just hate talking about it now.

One of my coworkers is Japanese and we live in a snallish town full of mainly white folks. She gets similar treatment. “Where are you from?” “I LOVE Japan”. She’s starting to crack, too. Everyday the same conversation.

I’m at the point where I’m afraid to try anything new aesthetic wise, because I don’t want to have to talk about it with any of our many regulars.

I’m burning out.

By: tgrdem

anonymous asked:

The Tumblr vs Ireland saga continues: thespectacularspider-girl(.)tumblr(.)com/post/158860909164/thot-juice-questionsfromtia-kotasaya


dont act like yall irishmen are on the same level of racism as other nonwhite people like me, because as a native hawai’ian i had my fucking KINGDOM stolen by you white devils and have had NO compensation for it. 


so go eat a potato and whine about reverse racism or something

GO EAT A POTATO jesus when the potato famine is seen as a genocide by half of the historians around and if not they agreed the british didn’t do anything because they actually wanted most of the people to die and then they complain about racism oh my god it’s so embarrassing I want to cry

pls just

where do I make a petition so that tumblr dot com never ever discusses ireland it’s really better for anyone’s peace of mind

🌊 Types of Mermaids 🌊

please be respectful of cultural boundaries when working with mermaids from various cultures and traditions, and be mindful not to intrude.

🌊 Rusalkas - slavic in origin, disturbed spirits of the “unclean dead”, ghosts of women who died violent deaths, with a penchant for drowning young men. they live only in rivers and lakes, and are known to have green hair like aquatic plants, only appearing in the night. 

🌊 Melusina - a mermaid that walks among humans, but returns to their two-tailed form during baths and when they bathe their children. often a water spirit of a nearby lake or river. french origin. 

🌊 Siren - greek mythology. servants and companions of persephone, whom searched for her when she was abducted. they are known to sometimes have the body of a bird, and for their song, which lured sailors to their doom. cannibalism implied folklore. have the power of prophecy. 

🌊 Merrow - irish mermaid. known to have green hair and webbed fingers. particular noted love of music and their red cap, which when stolen, they will live with the thief until they find it, and then return to the water, leaving even a whole family behind. 

🌊 Ben-varrey - from the isle of man, known to bless those that are kind to them with prosperity, gifts, and even the location of treasure. 

🌊 Aicaya -  Caribbean mermaid, humans who become mermaids when they are shunned from their community and go to live in the sea. 

🌊 Amabie - japanese merpeople, with birdlike torsos and three legs and scales. they are gifted with prophecy, usually foretelling abundant harvests or epidemics 

🌊 Ningyo - “human faced fish” known to have golden scales, that brings bad weather and misfortune when caught, but when their flesh is eaten the consumer is granted youth and beauty, even agelessness. 

🌊 Finman / Finwife - magical shapeshifters that disguise themselves as sea creatures or plants to lure humans, unlike most mermaids they kidnap people from the shores to be their spouses or servants. they have a greed for jewelry and coins, particularly silver, and prefer humans over other finfolk. 

🌊 Sirena Chilota - considered the more friendly mermaids, caring for all fish life and rescuing drowned sailors to restore life to them. known for their human-like beauty and youth, according to legend they are the child of a human and a “king of seas”, tears are a powerful substance. from chilote mythology. 

🌊 Cecealia - sometimes known as “sea witches”, they are half human and half octopus. origins in native american and japanese mythology. 

🌊 Sirena / Siyokoy - the philippine version of mermaid and merman respectively. also called “magindara”, they are known to protect the waters from raiders, and protect the boy moon from sea monsters. Siyokoys can sometimes have legs however, covered with scales and webbed feet

🌊 Sea Mither - scottish/orcadian mythology, a spirit that personifies the sea during spring and summer, battles along scottish isles using storms to bring the summer about. a mother figure to all aquatic life. 

🌊 Ceasg - a fresh-water mermaid, specifically half-salmon, said to grant three wishes if captured. sometimes called maighdean na tuinne (maid of the wave) or maighdean mhara (maid of the sea). scottish. 

🌊 Selkie - though somewhat different from the typical mermaid, as they are not cold-blooded, have the body of a seal in the water and are human on land. in legends their skins are often stolen and they are kept by fishermen as spouses, or become lovers to fishermen’s wives who shed tears into the sea.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!! If ya didn’t know, I have a ton of Irish heritage and today, I’m reminiscing back on my trip to Ireland. Such a beautiful country!! Remember to wear green! ☘️💚☘️

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How to Say ‘Thank You’ In Europe with Etymology

It’s worth noting a few points about this map.

  •  There are many different ways of saying ‘thank you’ in any given language. English alone has ‘thank you’ and ‘thanks’. Languages like Dutch have a different phrase for if the person you are thanking is familiar with you [dank je, dank u, bedankt]
  • The ‘thank you’ shown on the map refers to thanking one person. Languages like Irish have separate words for if more than one person is doing the thanking [go raibh maith agat/ go raibh maith agaibh]

Also a big thank you to those who contributed their languages’ words, they honestly really helped me put this together

anonymous asked:

how effective is a war hound in combat against, say, an armored knight?

Dogs have a long history of being used in warfare, going back further than the Romans and the Greeks. The vast majority of armies prior to the modern era used dogs to some extent, and they still hold important a positions in our military and police force today. The only reason they no longer have a place on our frontlines is the advent of the gun and a primary focus on ranged warfare, in which the dog like the horse has no place. However, they are still used for guarding and in K-9 units. The German Shepherd has no issue bringing down a full size human.

Historically we have the Molossus and the Alaunt which are both now extinct breeds used by the Romans. However, modern compatriots of these various breeds do exist such as the Mastiff, whose males weigh in between 150 to 250 pounds, and the Irish Wolfhound.

We have records of Irish Wolfhounds being used by the Irish to bring down Norman knights on horseback during their invasion and eventual conquest of Ireland. Their role was to catch the horse and drag the knight from the saddle to be killed.

However, it’s worth noting that dogs don’t go into battle alone. They are pack animals and they travel in teams. An armored knight wouldn’t be fighting a singular dog, he’d be fighting multiple armored dogs and possibly also their handler. These dogs when on their hind legs could almost certainly reach his throat and are more than capable of bowling him over or knocking him to the ground.

He’d be battling in melee, with the fight surging around him. So, there would be other humans whether other knights or various soldiers who could potentially finish whatever the dogs start. Or the dogs finish whatever they start.

While versus ideas are always fun to contemplate, it’s important to remember that warfare from melee to modern is not about dueling. It’s team. Like their dogs, soldiers fight together. It’s not about the individual, but the unit.

Those who fight together, survive together.

Much as we romanticize the lone knight, CIA agent, or soldier who sticks it to the man and makes their own decisions, that’s not how warfare works. Even if you choose to go this route in your storytelling, remember that there are many participating actors taking part.

The danger of the dog is the other dogs and the man or woman standing behind them.

The good news if you want to write about war dogs is that dogs haven’t changed much and their training generally revolves around their natural instincts. So, a better understanding of medieval warfare and studying the historical usage of dogs in combat will give you a good idea of what they were used for and how to write them.


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References and Resources

Dogs in Warfare - Wikipedia is a great place to go for a cursory look, but it is not the only stop you should make. The links at the bottom of the page are particularly helpful when it comes to establishing a wider scholarly base to work from in your research.

Dogs of War - Rome Across Europe’s article does a run down of the historical uses of various war dog types, with a focus on Rome and up to the present. If you want a focus on particular types of war dogs, you’ll need to do a scholarly dig in when it comes to historical periods.

War dogs among the Early Irish

Quartermaster War Dog Program: this page talks about the different types of dogs used in 1942, just a reminder that the usage of dogs in war extends far beyond their use on the battlefield itself. From detecting snipers, to delivering messages, and sniffing out scouts, the war dog has had many important roles throughout history that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Fun fact: in Ireland one of our Irish stories that we have to study is about this woman reading a dirty novel on the train and some blind fella with asthma sits in front of her and starts yapping and she’s kinda like “mate ur ruining me buzz” and he starts eating a cake really messily it’s pure disgusting so she tricks him into thinking there’s a worm in the cake and he starts freaking out and has an asthma attack and she just pushes the inhaler out of his reach and he dies. I have a link if you want a visual

I know we all have a thousand questions for Moffat and Gatiss, but I just can’t get over Janine’s last name change in The Abominable Bride.

Why change it unexpectedly to “Donlevy” if not to pay respects to “Donleavy”, the female relative of Moriarty in the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes novels? Why have that prominent newspaper clipping missing an “A” if not to draw attention to it? Why have Arwel tweet during TAB setlock a sentence with a capital “A” randomly in the center? Why frame Janine with the bison horns? Why have her Irish, like Moriarty? Why cast an actress who looks exactly like Andrew Scott? Why have her be Mary’s #1 go-to gal but not worth anything in the end? Why have her go to Sussex Downs like Holmes and Donleavy? Come on, hardly any people are thinking about this. Out of the millions of viewers, I bet only a few people in the world have noticed these parallels and are still mulling them over. There’s a carefully foreshadowed villain reveal with Janine (and Mary) but we haven’t seen it. “Donlevy” cannot be a coincidence. If there is no Lost Special I will go to my grave wondering about this.


Sing Street (2016) - John Carney

5 bullets on this film:

  • Okay. I have been crying for about two hours because of this film, and I don’t even have feelings, so I don’t really understand what’s going on. It was one of the purest things I’ve seen this year and it made 2016 less shitty. This movie inspired me so much and now I feel ready to face 2017. Sing Street is beautiful, funny, sad, real, and wow, just go and watch it. 
  • THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING, if you don’t want to watch the film that’s fine (whatever, you’re just missing a great movie), but please listen to the soundtrack because it’s almost perfect. Personally, this is my favorite one. 
  • The actors are amazing and the characters are really well developed, I now officially have a platonic crush on each one of them. I didn’t know Irish people were that cute.  
  • You can really notice that it’s well written, the dialogues are natural and there aren’t any boring scenes, I think the pace of this film is perfect. You know when you don’t want a movie to end? Yes, exactly. 
  • The main theme is music, but the moral is that you have to follow your dreams. Okay, that sounded terrible, but really, follow your dreams, because if you love what you do it means you’re good at it so you’re going to make it. I loved how the characters went through different musical styles before finding their own, and that’s it, if you keep doing your thing, everything will work out at the end.

Star Wars AU: Love Actually [for dressesandcarresses]

Armitage Hux is a recently elected Prime Minister and Kylo Ren is his assigned bodyguard. The two have had chemistry since the moment they met, but they both refuse to act on it. As they play this game of Will They, Wont They, a U.S. representative named Han Solo visits Hux and requests that Ren come back to the U.S. 

Meanwhile, Hux’s twin brother Techie works at a small bed and breakfast in Ireland. Rather introverted and having never left the small village they grew up in, he only speaks Irish. Therefore, it’s quite difficult for him to communicate with Matt, the aspiring writer who wandered into his B&B one night.

Matt is coming from the wedding of Finn and Rey, which was planned and filmed by Poe Dameron. Poe used to be Finn’s best friend, but as the wedding drew closer, Poe seemed to drift further away. A week after the wedding, Finn goes to Poe’s apartment and asks for the tape of the wedding. Poe pretends he lost it, but Finn quickly finds it and watches it. Upon realizing that the film is entirely of him, Finn asks for an explanation.