Focal an Lae #111
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: paidir (PAH-jihr) [pad′ər′]

Meaning: paidir = prayer


History: Old Irish “paiter” comes from Latin “pater (noster)” = “(our) father”, which comes from Indo-European *pəter- (father). Cognates in English are the native Germanic “father” and the Latin borrowing “paternal”. Irish “athair” (father) derives from the same IE word, and shows the typical early Celtic loss of “p”.

Scottish Gaelic: paidir (although “ùrnaigh” is the usual word for “prayer”)

2008-06-19 CPD