Focal an Lae #300
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: botún (BO-toon) [botuːn]

Meaning: botún = blunder, mistake; knife for trimming a horse’s hooves


History: Classical Irish “butún, butúr” comes from Anglo-Norman *butur, from Old French “boutoir” (farrier’s knife), from the verb “bouter” (to shove, butt), from Germanic *buttan, from the Indo-European root *bhau- (to strike). English cognates include “butteris” (farrier’s knife), “beat” and “butt”.

2008-06-19 CPD