§ 151. The pronunciation of the digraphs as indicated in §132 may be followed in all cases; but the popular spoken language, in some cases, retains an older pronunciations. Thus, io is now pronounced like i short; as, fios (fis), knowledge; lios (lis), a fort; but in liom (lŭm, l-yŭm), with me, as usually pronounced we can yet hear the older pronunciation (lee-ŭm'), where both the i and the o are sounded. In the following list the io may be pronounced i short by students who have no opportunity of heaving Irish spoken.
|iolar||(ŭl'-ar), an eagle|
|iomaire||(ŭm'-ăr-ĕ), a ridge|
|iomarca||(ŭm'-ark-a), too much|
|an iomarca||too much|
|siopa||(shŭp'-a), a shop|
§ 153. Dún, a fort, means usually a stone building. Lios, a mound of earth, generally of circular form. Siopa, the word in general use for "shop", is borrowed from the English word.
as in English