In medieval Irish tales, ANMAIN I N-ANMAIN 'life for life' was an appeal for mercy.
Usually, three wishes were granted in return for sparing the life of someone who said these words.
This tide has ebbed and flowed in response to politics, economics and social conditions of both places.
Ireland was a feudal Lordship of the Kings of England between 11; a Kingdom in personal union with the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Great Britain between 15; and politically united with Great Britain as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland between 18.
Today, Ireland is divided between the independent Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Today, millions of residents of Great Britain are either from Ireland or have Irish ancestry.
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The current site contains revisions to c.4000 entries and further corrections and additions will be added in the coming years. GOT 'stammering, lisping' had a particular use with regard to foreigners.
It was applied to Norsemen and others, and in such instances seems to mean simply that their speech was intelligible.
A medieval Irish tendency to dismiss other languages as meaningless babble is apparent also from a line of poetry in the Book of Rights.
Using GOÍDELC 'Irish' in its wider sense of 'speech', the poem in question refers to 'deich ngoill can gaedelga', which seems to mean 'ten foreigners without [proper] speech' (BR2 591).