Focal an Lae #45
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: airgead (AR-uh-guhd, A as in “cat”)

Meaning: airgead = silver; money


History: Old Irish “argat” comes from Common Celtic *arganto- (compare Gaulish “arga(n)to-”, Welsh “arian” and Breton “arhant”), which derives from the Indo-European root *arg- (to shine; white; silver). Cognates in Engish include “argent” (as a technical term in heraldry for silver) and “Argentina”. French “argent”, like “airgead”, means both silver and money.

Scottish Gaelic: airgead

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