Focal an Lae #363
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: slua (SLOO-uh) [sluːə]

Meaning: slua = throng, crowd, host


History: Old Irish “slúag” or “slóg” (host, army) and Welsh “llu” (host, throng) come from Common Celtic *slōgos, from Indo-European *sloug-o-, from the root *sloug- (to help, serve). The Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic word has been borrowed into English twiceː as “slew”, and in the compound word “slogan” (< sluagh-ghairm “host-call”).

Scottish Gaelic: sluagh

2008-06-19 CPD