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Correct pronunciation

Letter to the Editor | Wednesday, October 8, 2008

As an enthusiastic Irish fan and a member of the Band of the Fighting Irish, I love playing and hearing the Victory Clog, “Damhsa Bua,” at Concert on the Steps.

As a student of the Irish language, I cringe every time it’s mispronounced. I know it’s a confusing language, but mispronouncing Irish week after week at one of the only schools in the country with an Irish language department is truly a shame on the University. Repeated requests for this to be fixed have come to naught.

The correct pronunciation of the word “Damhsa” is “Dow-sa,” wherein the first syllable rhymes with “cow.” That “mh” combination is foreign, I know, but just think of it as a “w.” Each time it’s said “Dam-sha,” some sort of strange dyslexic abomination comes through that speaker and makes me wish the school had more pride in our excellent Irish language department.

JT, I love everything you do for the band and the fans, but PLEASE pronounce it correctly. It’s “Dow-sa” Bua! Thank you so much for having enough respect for the language and the department to say the word correctly.

Go Irish!

Kelsey Robertson


Regina Hall

Oct. 5