Focal an Lae #43
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: sean (SHAN, rhymes with Dan)

Meaning: sean = old

Usage: In Irish, an adjective normally follows the word it modifies:

“Sean”, however, is one of a very small number of adjectives and intensive particles that are prefixed to the noun:

History: Old Irish “sen” comes from Common Celtic *seno- (compare Welsh and Breton “hen”), from the Indo-European root *sen- (old). Latin “senex” (old) gives us the English cognates “senior” and “senate”.

Scottish Gaelic: sean (as predicate) and seann (as attributive)

2008-06-19 CPD