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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2003
(This is a SCOTTISH Gaelic dictionary (not Irish Gaelic...) btw!)
This dictionary appeared out of the blue, and didn't seem to be known to any of my Scots acquaintances. It may have been rushed... anyway it is better than "Abair" which may have been a pocket dictionary, but which contained few words I ever needed (unlike Buchanan's it does have an excellent verb & grammar section).
Some of the words are given in a form that's not... e.g. "broadcasting" is given as "craobh-sgaoileadh", whereas you'll find the contracted form "craoladh" getting used much more often. "Craobh-sgaoileadh" is rarely used. But at least it gives "broadcasting" and other modern terms, which is more than can be said for many Gaidhlig dictionaries which have never been updated.
Also the dictionary is inconsistent in the extreme. For example, if you look up something as basic the months of the year, you'll find it gives some and not others. Why? There's a few others, but I can't recall them just now.
This dictionary is cheap, which is its biggest advantage. It's usable. It's not perfect but at this price it's not worth complaining.