Focal an Lae #6
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: pós (POHS)

Meaning: pós = marry

Usage: Verbs are shown in Irish dictionaries in the imperative singular, which for almost all verbs is identical with the verb root. “Pós!” by itself means “Marry!” or “Get married!” Other forms:

History: Pós is not a native Celtic word. It was borrowed into Irish from Early French “espouser” or a similar form, descended from Latin “sponsare”, which in turn comes from the Indo-European root *spend- (to bind oneself by a ritual act). Cognates are “spouse” and “sponsor”.

(I chose today’s word in recognition of Ireland’s neck-and-neck divorce referendum, the results of which are still not known as I write this.)

2008-06-19 CPD