Focal an Lae #198
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bocht (BOKHT) [boxt]

Meaning: bocht = poor; poor person


History: Old Irish “bocht” (poor) appears to be an extension in meaning of “-bocht” (broken, stricken), the preterite passive of the verb “boingid” (breaks, strikes), which derives from the Indo-European root *bhe(n)g- (to break). English “bang” and “bungle” are cognates.

Scottish Gaelic: bochd

2008-06-19 CPD