Focal an Lae #147
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cam (KAHM) [kam]

Meaning: cam = bent, crooked


History: Old Irish “camb”, Welsh “cam”, Breton “kamm” and Gaulish “cambo-” all come from Common Celtic *kambo-, from the Indo-European root *(s)kamb- (to curve, bend). English “change” comes from Norman French “chaunger”, from Gallo-Latin “cambiare”, which seems to be borrowed from Gaulish “cambion” (exchange), which may be related to “cambo-”.

Scottish Gaelic: cam

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