Focal an Lae #348
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: trua (TROO-uh) [truːə]

Meaning: trua = pity, compassion, object of pity

Usage:

History: Old Irish “trúag” (miserable, wretched), Welsh “tru” (sad) and “truan” (wretch), Breton “truegez” (misery) and Gaulish “trougo-” (unhappy) come from Indo-European *treugh-, from the root *terə- (to rub, turn). Cognates in English include “thresh”, “trauma” and “truant”.

Scottish Gaelic: truagh

2008-06-19 CPD