Focal an Lae #38
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bodhar (BOWR - rhymes with “hour”)

Meaning: bodhar = deaf; numb


History: Old Irish “bodar” comes from reconstructed Common Celtic *budaro-. Compare Welsh “byddar” and Breton “bouzar”. Pokorny traces this back to the Indo-European root *bhau- (to strike). There is some evidence that English “bother” is borrowed from the Welsh or Irish. English cognates that reach back to the IE root include “beat” and “buttress”.

Scottish Gaelic: bodhar

2008-06-19 CPD