Irish in English

18 03 2012

You don’t need to spend a lot of time thinking about language to realise that it is an enormous tapestry of history, a testament to the interlocking biographies of peoples, events and lands. To think of “purism” in the same sentence as “language” is nothing short of absurd.

Given the intertwining of English and Irish pathways over the centuries, it’s hardly a surprise that language carries the evidence.

St Patrick’s Day is a very good time to reflect on the contribution of Irish to English.  Doing precisely this is Emma Taylor in her latest article 18 Everyday English Words That Come from Irish:  which is made available here with permission. Please read it and enjoy.

Thank you Emma.