Opponent (in sport)

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Unread postby Droigheann » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 pm

What is the Gaelic for "an opponent" in a tennis match, game of chess &c? I found several words for "opponent" and "rival" in AFB, but when I tried googling them I generally got no non-dictionary hits at all, or ones which implied some intrinsic hostility, like opponents in a war or in politics. Is there such a word at all, or would one say something like "the other player/team" instead? Or can one, on the contrary, use even "nàmhaid" without evoking some kind of Celtic-Rangers enmity?

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Unread postby GunChleoc » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:07 am

I think "co-fharpaisiche" (co-contestant) would be best for a peaceful opponent. It's the one I picked for computer games tr*nsl*t**n. "An sgioba eile" would also work.
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Unread postby Droigheann » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:48 pm

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Unread postby Níall Beag » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:28 pm

I'm pretty sure I've heard luchd-aghaidh (~"those you face") on the radio and/or TV fairly frequently as "opponent" meaning the other team in sports news.

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Unread postby Níall Beag » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:44 pm

...which of course would be "neach-aghaidh" for tennis or chess, as it's one person, not a team.

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Unread postby Níall Beag » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:22 pm


Ah, maybe I heard that then. I can't claim to pay all that much attention to sports reports, as I don't care much for sport....


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