Focal an Lae #180
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fead (FAD) [f′æd]

Meaning: fead = whistle


History: Old Irish “fet” and Welsh “gwynt” (wind) come from Common Celtic *wēnto-, from Indo-European *wē-n-to- (blowing), from the root *wē- (to blow). The transformation of Common Celtic “w” to “f” in Irish is a regular feature. Cognates in English include “wind” and “ventilate”, from Latin “ventus” (wind).

Scottish Gaelic: fead

2008-06-19 CPD