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McDonald’s to Speak Scots Gaelic at Far North Outlet

April 25, 1995

FORT WILLIAM, Scotland (AP) _ A ``cairteal punnid″ and ``slisneagan″ _ a quarter-pounder and fries _ are coming to the Highlands, where a new McDonald’s restaurant will adopt Scots Gaelic.

``We realized that a move to Fort William was taking us into the heart of the MacDonald clan country, but I fear we will need some help with the translations,″ McDonald’s spokesman Robert Parker said Tuesday.

The restaurant is expected to open next year in Fort William, 500 miles northwest of London. It would be the company’s first outlet to adopt Scotland’s ancient tongue.

McDonald’s hasn’t worked out all the translations, but North Scottish News Services, a local news agency, suggested some possibilities: ``Mac Mor″ (Big Mac), ``burger caise″ (cheeseburger), ``spealtag eisg″ (filet of fish), ``pai ubhal teth″ (hot apple pie), and ``mac ceapaire isean″ (McChicken sandwich).

Then there’s Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola).

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