Focal an Lae #14
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: croí (KREE)

Meaning: croí = heart

Usage: Croí has a wide range of both concrete and figurative meanings, not unlike English “heart”:

History: From Old Irish “cride”, which goes back to Indo-European *kerd- (heart). Cognates found in English are “heart”, “cardiac” and “cordial”.

Scottish Gaelic: cridhe (KREE-uh) (Note that the spelling indicates that the “r” has a slender pronunciation in Scottish Gaelic, while the Irish spelling shows that the word has a broad “r” in that language. I have not tried to show these distinctions in the imitated pronunciation.)

2008-06-19 CPD