On 12/24/06, Christopher Gwinn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have been wondering about this for some time now. There was an archaic
> Breton word "tuth" meaning "demon" (found in the life of St. Maudez:
> "contigit quadam diie, absente magistro suo, quidam daemon quem Britones
> tuthe apellant coram eis apparuit") which some have connected to this Irish
> word.. Pokorny (IEW, 1079) suggests that tuath comes from PIE *teu- "to
> listen, observe" ("in freudlichem Sinne die Aufmerksamkeit zuwenden,
> aufmerken"). Here os what he specifically says: "kelt. *teu-to- in mcymr.tut
> `Zauberer', mir. tuathaid ds., air. tuaith `nördlich', mir. tuath `links,
> nördlich, böse' (aus `*günstig, gut' als Antiphrasis zur Bezeichnung der
> unglückbringenden Linken)."
MacBain also connects the word with 'good', and cites Gothic _şiuş_ 'good'.
More interesting for me is Pokorny's gloss of Middle Welsh _tut_ as
'magician' cognate with Middle Irish _tuathaid_ 'magician, witch'. Do
you happen to know which text MW _tut_ can be found in with the