Focal an Lae #4
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fear (FAR - the a as in cat)

Meaning: fear = man

Usage: Fear is the ordinary word for man. The plural is fir (FIHR - rhymes with “cheer”). Just as mná (women) is commonly seen on certain doors, fir is common on the others. Those into Irish mythology will have encountered the Fir Bolg (The Bolg Men), one of the early races said to have occupied Ireland.

History: Fear can be traced back the reconstructed Indo-European form *wiros (man), making it cognate with words such as “virile” and “werewolf”.

Scots Gaelic: fear (FEHR), fir (FIHR)

2008-06-19 CPD