On Di, 17.03.2009, 02:16, Neil McLeod wrote:
>>> 'ro adair' looks like a form of "adraid ..adheres to, follows,
>>> respects" and is followed by 'di''.
The original meaning of "adraid" is "to adore". It's a loan from Latin
> But the sense is so awkward that I have had to abandon it. Instead I am
> suggesting we have the s3 perfect of 'ad-gair' ('prosecutes, obtains,
> forces onto someone'). Cf the later form (with 'do' for 'ro') at DIL
> 56.50-51 'do-agair'.
The prototonic variant of "ad-gair" has a /g/, written "c", e.g. "-acair".
The spelling "do-agair" is only late and does not imply that there is a
/gh/ present in the stem. Whereas /gh/ and /dh/ could be confused in later
Irish, /d/ and /g/ could not.