Focal an Lae #170
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: riail (REE-ihl) [riəl′]

Meaning: riail = rule


History: Old Irish “ríagol” was borrowed from Latin “regula” (rod, rule), which derives from Indo-European *rēg-olā-, the suffixed lengthened grade of the root *reg- (to move in a straight line; to lead, to rule). English cognates from the same Latin word include “regulation”, “rule” and “rail”.

Scottish Gaelic: riaghailt

2008-06-19 CPD