Focal an Lae #232
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bac (BAHK) [bak]

Meaning: bac = obstruction, bend; to hinder, bother


History: Old Irish “bacc” (angle, bend, corner; hindrance) and Welsh “bach” (hook, hinge, corner, bend) appear to be shortenings of Latin “baculum” (rod, staff, shepherd’s crook), which comes from Indo-European *bak-tlom, from the root *bak- (staff). Irish “bachall” (shepherd’s crook, bishop’s crozier) is another, more complete, borrowing of the same word. Cognates in English include “peg” and “baguette”.

Scottish Gaelic: bac

2008-06-19 CPD