Focal an Lae #230
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fáth (FAW) [faː]

Meaning: fáth = reason, cause


History: Old Irish “fáth” (cause; subject matter; prophecy) and Welsh “gwawd” (song, praise, poetry) come from Indo-European *wātu- (inspired utterance) from the root *wet- (to blow, inspire, arouse spiritually). A cognate in English is “vatic”, from Latin “vates” (prophet, poet). The name of the Norse god variously known as Odin, Wotan and Woden comes from this same IE root, as does the Irish word “fáidh” (prophet, seer).

Scottish Gaelic: fàth

2008-06-19 CPD