Focal an Lae #240
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ceird (KEHRD) [k′er′d′]

Meaning: ceird = trade, craft


History: Old Irish “cerd” (craftsman, craft) and Welsh “cerdd” (art, music, poetry) come from Indo-European *kerd-ā, from the root *kerd- (craft). Scottish English has borrowed the word “caird” (itinerant tinker) from Scottish Gaelic “ceàrd” (smith, tinker). Related words in Irish include “ceardaí” (craftsman, artisan), ceardaíocht (craftwork, craftsmanship) and “ceardchumann” (trade union).

Scottish Gaelic: ceàird

2008-06-19 CPD