An Soc

The Snout

Besides meaning “snout”, “soc” also means “plowshare”, since a ploughshare roots through the soil like a pig. If you go far enough back in the language, “soc” actually meant the whole pig. Old Irish “socc” and Welsh “hwch” (pig, sow) come from Common Celtic *sukko- (pig, snout, ploghshare), from the Indo-European root *sû- (pig), which gives us Latin “sus” and English “sow” and “swine”.

2009-08-06 CPD