Focal an Lae #215
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: caint (KYNCH, Y as in “my”) [kain′t′]

Meaning: caint = speech, talk


History: Old Irish “canaid” (speaks; sings), which gives rise to the verbal noun “cainnt” in the later language, comes from the Indo-European root *kan- (to sing). Cognates of Latin origin in English include “chant”, “cant” and “cantor”. Related words in Irish include “canúint” (dialect) and the verb “can” (chant; sing; speak).

Scottish Gaelic: cainnt

2008-06-19 CPD