Charles Dooley wrote:
> Uargus was a poetic word for idols.
What a peculiar word! DIL cites the following gloss,
but I don't know what main text it refers to:
.i. lámdei beca tuctha anall imaille frisin n-ingin
What idols? Brought over from where? With what daughter?
A bald analysis of "uargus" yields úar (cold) + gus (vigour,
impetuousness,fierceness) = cold ferocity ?? There are
plenty of examples of "Uargus" as a personal name in the
annals, but I don't know how that fits with this word.
Here is a completely over-the-top derivation from an unknown
English source: uargus < war-gos < war-gods (!)