Right & South

Words for right & south in Celtic languages.

Proto-Celtic *dexswos = right (side), south
Old Irish (Goídelc) dess = right (side), right-hand; south; right, just; convenient, agreeable
Irish (Gaeilge) deas [dʲasˠ / dʲæsˠ] = south, southerly, to the south; right, right-hand
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) deas [dʲes] = south; southern; right (side); ready, finished; accomplished, expert, skilful; active, alert, quick, snappy; to hand, handy; clever, sharp; deft, dexterous
Manx (Gaelg) jesh = rightwing, righthand, starboard;nice, smart, felicitous, elegant, ready, tidy, groomed, adept, neat, seemly, becoming, suitable, fancy, trim
jiass [d͡ʒas] = south, southern, southerly, southward
Welsh (Cymraeg) deau = right; south, southern
de [deː] = south; dexterous, skilful, clever; ready; useful, handy; suitable, appropriate, proper, right, just; favourable, auspicious
Cornish (Kernewek) dyhow [dɪ’hɔʊ / də’hɔʊ] = south
Breton (Brezhoneg) dehou = right, south

From Proto-Indo-European *deḱswo-, from *deḱs- (right-hand side).

Words marked with a * are reconstructions.

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag, Online Manx Dictionary, Teanglann.ie, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionnaire Favereau

One thought on “Right & South

  1. You could add that in Gaelg (Manx), the word jiass means south, and is presumably cognate with jesh (which I’d not thought of previously).

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