Focal an Lae #233
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: seinn (SHAYN) [s′eːn′], seinm (SHEH-nuhm) [s′en′əm′]

Meaning: seinn = play an instrument, sing; seinm = playing, singing

Usage:

History: Old Irish “seinnid” is a reflex of Indo-European *swen-e-ti (sounds, sings), from the root *swen- (to sound). Cognates in English include “sound”, “sonic” and “swan”.

Scottish Gaelic: seinn

2008-06-19 CPD