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Gorm (Blue)

Spreading the Words

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Read by Deirdre Lewis.

How colour is described is determined by cultural, as well as linguistic factors. Discover how Irish ‘gorm’ can depict both the blue of eyes and the darkness of eyebrows.

‘Spreading the Words’ is a series on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and produced in association with the book A History of Ireland in 100 Words and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language.

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