Focal an Lae #44
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: focal (FO-kuhl)

Meaning: focal = word


History: Old Irish “focull” was borrowed from Latin “vocabulum” (name, noun), from the verb “vocare” (to call), which comes ultimately from *wokw-ā-, the suffixed o-grade of the Indo-European root *wekw- (to speak). Cognates in English are “vocal” and “voice”.

Scottish Gaelic: facal

2008-06-19 CPD