Focal an Lae #358
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: púca (POO-kuh) [puːkə]

Meaning: púca = goblin, sprite, pooka


History: Irish “púca” is related to Welsh “pwca” and “pwci”, Old Norse “púki” and English “puck”, which is from Old English “púca”. It is unclear who borrowed the word from whom, but Pokorny speculates that it goes back to the Indo-European root *beu- (to swell). This word is the same as the name of the character “Puck” in Shakespeare’s play.

2008-06-19 CPD