What does this word mean?

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  • Sun, Jul 30 2017 11:25

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    What does this word mean?

    Hi, My grandfather who was Irish used to call me a white Karen (?), Carun (?), Caron (?). I am Australian and the word used to sound like the girl's name Karen - but he would never say what the word meant. The reference to 'white' was because I had fair hair and skin. Can anyone shed light on the correct spelling and meaning of this word? Thanks, Benito

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    Re: What does this word mean?

    Cairín?

    It seems to mean both "little friend" and "rump".

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    Re: What does this word mean?

    Hi Benito... It might also be carán, a term of affection. It means beloved one or darling.

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    Re: What does this word mean?

    Mura a sheanathair go raibh cosuíl le mo sheanathair. Wink

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    Thanks - I'll go with little friend :)

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    I hope that's what it means - thank you :)

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    Hmmm. Had to use translate for this one. :) Are we relatives?

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    Re: What does this word mean?

    Hi Benito,

    There's very little difference between cairín and carán, really. They both come from the word cara meaning friend and both are ways of addressing someone that you're close to, whether it's a child, grandchild, friend or partner.

    Just in case there's any misunderstanding about the translation of carán as darling. There are no gender implications here.

    Irish phrases like a stór and  a thaisce that are often translated as darling, dear or love, are just terms of affection that can be equally applied to a child a friend, a partner...sometimes even strangers.

    For example, stór and taisce both mean treasure. A man could address his sweetheart as a stór, a grandfather could call his grandson as a stór. In Donegal two old men might address each other as a thaisce, or the lady in a shop you've never met in yout life might address you as a thaisce. This is an informal affectionate way of address that has even carried over into the English language here in Ireland. Your're very likely to walk into a shop  in some parts of Ireland and have the lady behind the counter, whom you've never met before, ask now love, what cam I get you?

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    Re: What does this word mean?

    B'fhéidir. Bhí leasainm mo sheanathar do mo dhearthaíreacha "a chráiceanna bhig" nó "geadóga". Whisper

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    Re: What does this word mean?

    Leasainm a thugtar ar ghasúir go minic as Béarla, short-***, nó 'tóin le talamh' an leagan Gaeilge :)

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