Focal an Lae #61
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: laoch (LEE-uhx or LAY-uhx)

Meaning: laoch = hero, warrior

Usage: By now half the world and her mother have heard Sting’s bold attempt, on “The Long Black Veil” album, to pronounce the line:

History: Old Irish “láech” (layman; soldier) was borrowed from Late Latin “laicus” (lay, non-clerical), from Greek “laikos”, an adjective derived from “laos” (the people). English cognates include “lay” and “laicize”.

Scottish Gaelic: laoch

2008-06-19 CPD