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Coire

An Coire Ruadh - 16th July 2010

Coire (Scots : Corrie) is a Gaelic word meaning curved-hollow, literally descriptive - there is no equivalent English.

While it is true that Coire is also the Gaelic word for kettle (or other cooking vessel) and while that meaning is correct in the domestic context it is incorrect in the geographic context - An Coire Ruadh is the red curved-hollow not the red kettle.

As I've said elsewhere - connotation, and context are more significant in Gaelic place names than they are in English, or Scots.