Unexpected Cognates in Irish

Surprisingly familiar words

From the Book of Kells, from Wikimedia Commons

Celtic languages feel really different from more widely-known European languages like French, German, Spanish, and English. The spelling system is unintuitive to the uninitiated and much of the vocabulary is just different, stemming from Proto-Celtic instead of Latin or Germanic. It’s harder to guess what things mean without knowing. Instead of ristorante or…

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