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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun 2017 8:13 pm 
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Hi guys i need a translation for my second gaelic line tattoo.
The phrase is "each one to his duty"
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PostPosted: Wed 07 Jun 2017 10:39 pm 
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mits wrote:
Hi guys i need a translation for my second gaelic line tattoo.
The phrase is "each one to his duty"
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Can you elaborate a bit on what this means? Is is something along the lines of "every person must do his duty?"

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Jun 2017 1:41 am 
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Not exactly what you want, but it may help narrow things down:

Déan do dhualgas, cibé rud a tharlóidh
Do your duty, come what may

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun 2017 9:03 pm 
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Redwolf wrote:
mits wrote:
Hi guys i need a translation for my second gaelic line tattoo.
The phrase is "each one to his duty"
Please reply


Can you elaborate a bit on what this means? Is is something along the lines of "every person must do his duty?"

Redwolf


The original phrase is Greek like i am.The best translation i could come up with was "each one to his duty" but if i can use more words its more like that every person chose the party to their best interest.So either you are with me or against me.Sorry for the late response.


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CaoimhínSF wrote:
Not exactly what you want, but it may help narrow things down:

Déan do dhualgas, cibé rud a tharlóidh
Do your duty, come what may

Thanks for your time.


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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun 2017 9:52 pm 
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I'm glad Red asked about your meaning, because the additional explanation which you gave changes things. To a native English speaker, "each one to his own duty" would not be a good way to express what you seem to want (perhaps it was too literal a translation from the Greek). I'm still not 100% sure that I follow your explanation, but I'm assuming that you mean something like "You've made your choice, now live with it". Is that right? In English there's the expression "You've made your bed, now lie in it". I'm not sure whether there's a traditional Irish equivalent, but the De Bhaldraithe dictionary (a pretty authoritative source) does have this fairly literal equivalent of that expression:

Mar a chóirigh tú do leaba caithfidh tú luí uirthi
As you you make your bed so must you lie on it

If you mean to say something simpler, then perhaps this will do:

Gach duine dá rogha féin
Each to his own choice.

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun 2017 10:47 pm 
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mits wrote:
If I can use more words its more like that every person chose the party to their best interest


Maybe this would fit the meaning:
Ag tochras ar a cheirtlín féin = Working in his own interest.
(Literally: Winding his own ball of yarn.)

see it here - http://www.teanglann.ie/ga/fgb/ceirtlín


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CaoimhínSF wrote:
I'm glad Red asked about your meaning, because the additional explanation which you gave changes things. To a native English speaker, "each one to his own duty" would not be a good way to express what you seem to want (perhaps it was too literal a translation from the Greek). I'm still not 100% sure that I follow your explanation, but I'm assuming that you mean something like "You've made your choice, now live with it". Is that right? In English there's the expression "You've made your bed, now lie in it". I'm not sure whether there's a traditional Irish equivalent, but the De Bhaldraithe dictionary (a pretty authoritative source) does have this fairly literal equivalent of that expression:

Mar a chóirigh tú do leaba caithfidh tú luí uirthi
As you you make your bed so must you lie on it

If you mean to say something simpler, then perhaps this will do:

Gach duine dá rogha féin
Each to his own choice.


Hi Guys

Lets clear some things out.
"each one to his own duty" is the translation given to this ancient Greek to one of its interpretations.
I shouldnt give it like that, without any explanations.The interpretation im interested in is the one that i discribed in my last post.Your assumption was right.I will think about your suggestion since you already gave me the translation.In the mid time do you know how old this expression is?Is it old?If yes how old?And is this the form that was originally used or there is an archaic form of it in english?

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Wed 18 Oct 2017 9:30 am 
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Would this work ? - Gach uile dhuine ar a dhualgas.


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I've deleted the spam posts that were in here, with suspicious links. I also deleted the comments on the spam, just to get things back to the original thread and make things less confusing.

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