Focal an Lae #134
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fíor (FEE-uhr) [f′iːr]

Meaning: fíor = true; truth


History: Old Irish “fír”, Welsh “gwir” and Latin “verus” all come from Indo-European *wēro- (true). Each language shows its typical reflex of IE *w in initial position: f, gw and v respectively. In the same way, IE *wīro- (man) becomes “fear” in Irish, “gŵr” in Welsh and “vir” in Latin.

Scottish Gaelic: fìor

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