[lit-ideas] Re: Is this word really necessary?

Dreich is a useful word, yes, it even sounds right. It reminds me, in that way, 
of hiraeth,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiraeth

here's Lampeter's version

hiraeth         1. homesickness n.m.f. grief or sadness after the lost or 
departed n. (hiraethau) longing n.m. (hiraethau) yearning n.m. (hiraethau) 
nostalgia n.m. (hiraethau) wistfulness n.m. (hiraethau) earnest desire n.m. 
(hiraethau) 

Judith Evans, Cardiff


--- On Tue, 31/8/10, David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Is this word really necessary?
> To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Tuesday, 31 August, 2010, 21:18
> 
> On Aug 31, 2010, at 11:24 AM, Donal McEvoy wrote:
> 
> > Confessing I don't think I understand this post,
> perhaps because I'm over the border,
> > 
> 
> "Dreich" is a descriptive of miserable weather that goes on
> a long time.  The Scots have a lot of this, but my
> point was, so do other people.  The word needs to be
> dropped into the mouths of jolly weather persons. "Good
> morning, personally I'm chipper, but I'm afraid your weather
> news today is that it'll be dreich, so go get your pleasure
> from some other fine source, a comedy record perhaps?"
> 
> If you heard in your head, as I did, Billy Connolly doing
> the voice--he once performed a piece on
> "weatherpersons"--you'll be pleased to know that you can now
> download Connolly's voice onto your GPS device, "Make a
> U-turn.  None of this would have been necessary had you
> been listening a moment ago."
> 
> Looking for a YouTube ref to the weather skit (I found
> sound but no video) I ran across one of his lines: "Bonnie
> Prince Charlie, the only person to have been named after
> three sheepdogs."
> 
> If that doesn't make you smile, your weather must be as
> dreich as here.
> 
> David Ritchie,
> Portland, Oregon
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