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Subject: Scuit
From: David Stifter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 20 Oct 2006 08:18:14 +0200

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>  I realise the derivation of Scuit from Latin is an accepted
>  one, but I find it dubious on the grounds that the word is often
>  defined as meaning "pirates" or "thieves" or the like. I can't
>  imagine any Celtic people accepting such a name for themselves. 

Why not? The Irish accepted British (or rather Welsh) "gwyddel" "the 
wild ones" for themselves, giving "goídel" in Irish. So I see no 
reason why they should not accept "pirates, plunderers" as a name, 
even more so as they engaged in activities of that sort in late 
antiquity and the early middle ages.

>  about Proto-Celtic *skotto- (meaning "leader") as a possible source?

Where did you find that?


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