> whilst reading some scots literature recently I came across the sylable
> 'dhu' e.g.,sgian dhu, Tamdhu, Knockandhu, can you please advise the
> meaning of 'dhu
"Dhu" is from Gaelic "dubh", meaning black.
sgian dhu sgian dubh black knife
Tamdhu Tom Dubh black hill
("tom" is usually a hillock rising out
of flat land)
Knockandhu Cnocan Dubh black hillock
"Dubh" is pronounced "doo", but was formerly pronounced "doov" (and
still is in parts of Ireland), and it is probably related to the
English word "deaf", both coming from an Indo-european root meaning
"to smoke" or "hazy, darkened". You see it also in the surname
"MacDuff", the pudding "plum duff", the placename "Ballyjamesduff",
and the English word "divot" (from "dubh fhod", black sod).
Le deagh dhùrachd,