In these parts, the story is sometimes told of two men debating how best to
pronounce the word "either"
Is it Ee-ther?
Or would it be "Eye-ther?
Ah sure (h)Ay-ther will do!
and that leads me on to a story the Paddy Cassidy (he of Cassidy's Kitchen
Museum in Lisnaskea) used to relate.
Two fellows met at a Fair in Lisnaskea. The lad from Derrylin remarked
that the unusualy severe weather was "a terror" (meaning a wonderous or
awsome thing) The guy from Newtown looked at him and said "That's a quare
phrase you've used there; I've never heard anyone use that on our side of
the Lough. What do you mean by it?"
His Derrylin friend was stunned. "What? You've never hear of the word
'terror'? Well that's a Holy Terror!"
Pat Cassidy was a "real character"! Full of funnyisms, which he recorded in his
I think someone transcribed that note book.
Must ask around for news of that transcription.