On 2/04/2010 8:42 AM, Dennis King wrote:
> The word for "hypocrite" in Mod. Irish is "fimíneach". It is found
> without the long 'í' as far back as Edward Lhuyd's Focloir
> Gaoidheilge-Shagsonach (1707), which was based on a Latin-Irish
> dictionary completed by Risdeard Pluincéad in 1662. I can't find any
> trace of it in DIL as fimineach / fiminech / fimenach, nor searching
> with "hypocrite".
> Does anyone happen to know the origin of the word? It doesn't have
> that garden-variety look to it. A ghost word in origin?
Not I. But I note that it turns up in Dwelly's (Sottish) Gaelic
Dictonary as 'fimeanach'.