Focal an Lae #90
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bóthar (BOH-huhr) [boːhər]

Meaning: bóthar = road


History: Old Irish “bóthar” has been traced, via *bou-itro-, back to Indo-European *gwou-itro- (cow-path). For the etymology of “bó” (cow), see Focal #29. *itro- is derived from the IE root *ei- (to go), and its cognates include Latin “iter, itiner-” (journey), whence English “itinerary”.

Scottish Gaelic: bothar (although a far more common word is “rathad”)

2008-06-19 CPD