Focal an Lae #322
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: aoine (EE-nuh) [iːn′ə]

Meaning: aoine = fasting, Friday


History: Old Irish “aíne” comes from Latin “ieiunium” (fasting). Friday is historically the major fast of the week. Céadaoin (Wednesday) is the “first fast” and Déardaoin (Thursday) is a contraction of “day between two fasts”. The English word “jejune” comes from the Latin “ieiunus” (dry, fasting).

Scottish Gaelic: Dihaoine

2008-06-19 CPD