Focal an Lae #186
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: scian (SHKEE-uhn) [s′k′iːən]

Meaning: scian = knife


History: Old Irish “scían” comes from Indo-European *skiy-enā (cutter), the suffixed zero grade of *skei- (to cut, split, separate), which is an extension of the root *sek- (to cut). Cognates in English include “schism” (from Greek “skhizein”, to split), “science” (from Latin “sciere”, to know <- to separate one thing from another) and “shit” (from Old English “scītan”, to defecate <- to separate it from your body).

Scottish Gaelic: sgian

2008-06-19 CPD