Focal an Lae #190
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: slán (SLAWN) [slaːn]

Meaning: slán = health; farewell; safe, sound, whole


History: Old Irish “slán” (healthy) derives from the Indo-European root *sel- (of good mood). Cognates in English include “silly” (from Old English “gesaelig” = happy) and “solace” (from Latin “solari” = to comfort). A common related word in Irish is “sláinte” (health).

Scottish Gaelic: slàn

2008-06-19 CPD