Focal an Lae #357
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: oideachas (EH-juh-khuhs) [ed′əxəs]

Meaning: oideachas = education


History: “Oideachas” is built up from “oide” (tutor, teacher), from Old Irish “aite” (fosterfather, preceptor, tutor). “Aite” originally meant “daddy”, just as “muime” (fostermother) originally meant “mommy”, testimony of the closeness of the bond between fosterparents and foster-children in early Ireland, where fosterage was an important institution.

Scottish Gaelic: oideachas

2008-06-19 CPD