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Cubs galore

The time has come to find out where cub came from. I dealt with cub in my etymological dictionary, but a quick look at the word may not hurt, the more so as cub, which surfaced in English texts only in the early sixteenth century, turned out to be an aggressive creature: it ousted whelp, and later the verb to cub came into existence. Whatever the origin of cub (and the answer will be only partly illuminating), the constant suppression of old words by upstarts is a process worth noticing, regardl...
Tags: Books, Celtic, Celts, Kopf, Daniel Sancho, Cub, Celtomania, Foucault Image, Kaldari

Johann Kaspar Zeuss and Grammatica Celtica.

Charles Dillon, editor of the Foclóir Stairiúil Gaeilge [Historical Dictionary of Irish], writes (for the Royal Irish Academy’s library blog) about Johann Kaspar Zeuss (1806-1856), whose magnum opus Grammatica Celtica (1853) “established incontrovertibly through the study of Old Irish sources the relationship of the Celtic languages to the Indo-European family”: This was the age of ‘Celtomania’, a phenomenon which for want of learned, scientific and empirical research into their origins, had asc...
Tags: Europe, India, Uncategorized, Ireland, Celtic, Linguistics, Turin, PAUL, Dillon, Wilhelm, Johann Kaspar Zeuss, Grammatica Celtica, Charles Dillon, Royal Irish Academy, Celtomania, Zeuss