On 16 Jan 2012 at 7:32, Dennis King wrote:
> > Is and atbath Fergus iar tain hi crích Connacht iar
> > n-écaib a mná .i. iar tíchtain dó do fis scel co Ailill & Meidb.
> *NB: For whatever reason, OI puts "éc = death" in the plural in some
> idioms, i.e. "téit do écaib = he goes to deaths = he dies".
This is - at least - an Insular Celtic thing, but it probably goes
back to much older times. In Bret. "ankou", Corn. "ancow" and W
"angeu", all "death", we have formally u-stem plurals continuing PC
*ankou̯es < PIE *n̥k̑eu̯es, the plural of the u-stem noun *nek̑u-
"dead person, corpse". So the "ecáe" to whom he goes are really "the