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PostPosted: Mon 04 Apr 2022 3:25 pm 
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Hello there!

My first time here so please excuse me if I get anything wrong :D

My partner and I are getting wedding rings and I'm looking for the correct translation of the phrase "Oh you pretty thing" into Scottish Gaelic. For context it's as in the David Bowie song, and "pretty thing" is my fiancée referring to me, so the whole phrase is them speaking to me describing me as a "pretty thing".

Also, any help on phonetic pronunciation and the most suitable font would be greatly received.

I hope I don't annoy anyone on the other forum as I posted the same request there as I'm looking for the Irish translation as that's my ancestry.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for any help you can give.

Many thanks indeed,

Tim Molloy


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PostPosted: Wed 06 Apr 2022 4:09 am 
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It would be hard to say "oh you" in Gaelic without it sounding a bit awkward, and saying "pretty thing" when referring to a person would also sound somewhat strange, but you could use an expression like this:

A chaileag bhòidheach o
"uh KHALL-eg VOY-ukh oh"

O pretty girl!

If you really want to stick with "O pretty thing", trusting that people will understand what you mean, that would be:
A rud bòidheach o
"uh rudd BOY-ukh oh"

["kh" above = the guttural "ch" sound in the word loch)

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Apr 2022 1:49 pm 
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You're an angel - thank you so much!

Tim


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