Focal an Lae #60
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: tart (TAHRT)

Meaning: tart = thirst


History: Old Irish “tart” comes from Common Celtic *tars-tu-, from Indo-European *trs-t-, the suffixed zero-grade of the root *ters- (to dry). Other Irish words from this root are “tír” (land) and “tirim” (dry). English “thirst” is a cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: tart, although this has been largely supplanted by “pathadh”

2008-06-19 CPD