Focal an Lae #24
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: peann (PYAHN)

Meaning: peann = pen (for writing)


History: Nearly all Irish words that relate to literate pursuits were borrowed early on from Latin. Old Irish “penn” comes from Latin “penna” (feather), which goes back to Indo-European *pet-na-, a suffixed form of the root *pet- (to rush, fly).

Scottish Gaelic: peann (PYAOON - rhymes with down)

2008-06-19 CPD