"Tad"

Translation:A father

September 16, 2016

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ash473779

Is this a borrowing from English or does it go back further?

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan

Quite the opposite really. English borrowed it from Welsh or Cornish (But most probably Welsh). Compare English "Father" (Germanic) to German "Vater" and Norwegian "Far", and English "Dad" (Celtic) to Welsh "Tad" and Cornish "Tas".

March 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ash473779

Thanks for the reply guys! Awh that's really cool, I love finding celtic/ brythonic words in English, I'm glad this one is in such common use!

March 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc

According to Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru there are very similar words in the old Indo-European, Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, so it is probably one of those words, like 'tea'/te, that goes back a very long way and is common to very many languages.

March 11, 2017
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