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Subject: Re: etymology of "fosta"?
From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 25 Jun 2008 18:59:26 -0700
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Elliott Lash wrote:

> This looks like it's related to 'fo:s' (: = fada) and Scottish  
> Gaelic 'fhathast' 'still, yet'
>
> I have a feeling that all three words come from
>  fofecht-sa/fodecht-sa   'under this time' (fecht = time)

I thought that "fós" came from OI "beus" via the later forms "beos ~  
bós ~ bhós".  The original "beus" was disyllabic, which could account  
for the two syllables of ScG "fhathast".  OI "in fecht-sa" turns into  
modern "feasta".

Dennis

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