Tuesday, September 11, 2012

word of the day: ceilidh

The word of the day is ceilidh:

Etymology:  < Irish céilidhe, Scottish Gaelic cēilidh, < Old Irish céile companion.
  In Scotland and Ireland:
a. An evening visit, a friendly social call.
b. A session of traditional music, storytelling, or dancing. Also attrib. and fig.  (OED)

"Nearby, on the premises of the Army & Navy Club, Scotland was running what the Glasgow Herald had deemed a 'macschmoozathon.'  It was a blur of whiskey tastings and ceilidhs."

 - Lauren Collins, "Olympics postcard: Globe-trotter", 13 & 20 August 2012 The New Yorker

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