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Cache K. Bouren
Posted: 06-Dec-2003, 07:33 PM
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Hello all, hoping there are some of you who can help me....I have been looking into the words whiskey/whisky, and have found they originate from the Gaelic word usquebaug, shortened from uisge-beatha, meaning "water of life". Im hoping some of you may be familiar with where to find more info on the web, or can help me yourself...with pronunciation tips, and verification. I dont know if it is Scottish or Irish Gaelic....Thanks, everyone...

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Posted: 06-Dec-2003, 08:43 PM
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I have been told by an elderly Scottish Gentleman that the pronunciation
would be like saying whiskey but with an uh sound will try to spell it phoneticly

uhz-ga-be-bay-tha
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Posted: 06-Dec-2003, 08:54 PM
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uisge beatha... gaelic isn't my great subject I have to confess.. I don't understand the rule after which there are syllables left out wink.gif

But the main part of whisky seems to be uisge I reckon it's done a bit like that, maybe with a very soft w sound on the start of the word...

I like linguistics alot and this was a shot in the dark biggrin.gif


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  Posted: 10-Dec-2003, 05:48 PM
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aye folks all right hehe just on pronounciation - oh dear there is no real english equivalent for the ui sound lol - its a bit like the german ue together with an ee sound , tis a straight translation from latin aqua vitae = the water of life biggrin.gif beer_mug.gif Slaintè hehe


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Posted: 10-Dec-2003, 06:01 PM
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so I was getting there wink.gif
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Posted: 10-Dec-2003, 06:08 PM
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Only input I can offer is that Whiskey is Irish spelling / Whisky is Scottish.

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Posted: 10-Dec-2003, 06:28 PM
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And a few recommendations cool.gif

Highland Park from Orkney
Strathisla - a Strathspey
Glenkinchie - some unkind people call it a 'woman's' whisky cool.gif
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Posted: 10-Dec-2003, 09:10 PM
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Glenfiddich 12, 15, but most importantly....... 30yr... drool.gif

Glenlivet 12 too.

But not Grants, unless you have to, and under no circumstances should you drink Jonny Walker Black Label.


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Posted: 11-Dec-2003, 04:00 AM
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Grant's is a blended whisky - and Johnny Walker is more popular in the USA than anywhere else in the world cool.gif

Lagavulin is another good one
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Posted: 11-Dec-2003, 04:10 AM
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Has anyone here tried Scapa?

I THINK I tried it a few years back, and remember it as being a mild Scotch with a slightly peaty taste that finished well. However, this was after a long evening of tasting, and my memory of the occasion is not very distinct. wink.gif

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No, sorry - that''s a new one on me!

My husband is the malt whisky 'expert' in our family! He always seems to be able to schedule a visit to a distillery into any trip we take to the Isles or the Highlands! I wonder how he manages THAT?
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Posted: 11-Dec-2003, 06:37 AM
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QUOTE (Catriona @ Dec 11 2003, 04:20 AM)
He always seems to be able to schedule a visit to a distillery into any trip we take to the Isles or the Highlands!  I wonder how he manages THAT?


The same way I am always able to work in at least one history/archaeology museum trip per day of any vacation, much to my wife's chagrin... and boredom! biggrin.gif It is usually attributable to a single minded devotion to a given area of expertise. wink.gif

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Posted: 11-Dec-2003, 07:15 AM
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Ahhhhh - I understand completely cool.gif

With me, it's archaeological sites and museums - particularly in Scotland - but also in Italy and Greece biggrin.gif
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Posted: 11-Dec-2003, 07:24 AM
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Whisky Pronunciation.

Uisge-beatha - Ooshkah beh-uh
Literally ' The water of life'

Uisge - Water, Beatha - Life

Tha uisge-beatha math dhut! ach na dèan cus!!!! wink.gif
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