Focal an Lae #121
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: lucht (LOKHT) [loxt]

Meaning: lucht = load, cargo; class or type of people


History: Old Irish “lucht”, Welsh “llwyth” (tribe; load) and Gaulish “luxtos” (load) have been traced to the Indo-European root *leug- (to break), giving these words the core meaning of “portion, part”. The only cognate in English is the semantically distant “lugubrious”, from Latin “lugere” (to mourn <- to break emotionally). The name of the Norse god famous for promoting discord, Loki, also probably goes back to this root.

Scottish Gaelic: luchd

2008-06-19 CPD