Scottish English

Karen_Broome at Karen_Broome at
Thu Oct 20 21:38:41 CEST 2005

I can choose stop calling it Gaelic, but I deal with works from sources 
outside Sony Pictures where the language is identified as "Gaelic" and 
refers to Irish. I am not the person who inputs this language data into 
the systems and the many people who do are generally not language experts. 
I need to consider usability, not purist terminology. If I call it Irish, 
I can guarantee that Irish content will be classified as Scottish Gaelic. 
My dictionaries all indicate that Gaelic is a term that refers to Irish or 
Scottish language so I can't exactly tell other content providers they are 
wrong -- I can only tell them they are not precise. 

I am not in any way suggesting that ISO should change the name of Irish to 
Gaelic (Irish). 

Karen Broome

Marion Gunn <mgunn at>
10/20/2005 11:52 AM

        To:     Karen_Broome at
        cc:     Peter Constable <petercon at>, ietf-languages at
        Subject:        Re: Scottish English

Scríobh Karen_Broome at
> ...
> While "Irish" may be a more common English-language term for Gaelic...

It is not. Irish is just Irish (stop calling it anything else and the
problem is solved).


Marion Gunn * EGTeo (Estab.1991)
27 Páirc an Fhéithlinn, Baile an 
Bhóthair, Co. Átha Cliath, Éire.
* mgunn at * eamonn at *

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