Focal an Lae #148
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ríomh (REE-uhv) [riːv]

Meaning: ríomh = count, calculate, compute; recount, narrate; calculation; narration

Usage: Ríomh is most often encountered as the key element in words relating to computers:

History: Old Irish “rím” and Welsh “rhif” (number) come from Common Celtic *rī-mā-, from Indo-European *rī-, a variant of the root *ar- (to fit together). Irish “áireamh” (counting, number) is related. Cognates in English include “arithmetic” and “logarithm”, both derived from Greek “arithmos”.

2008-06-19 CPD