Words and Proper Names

atá (responsive)

317.
O’Rahilly (Cecile): Notes on Irish idioms: 1. d’fhóbair dom tuitim.
In Celtica 13 (1980), pp. 120–123.
Discusses is ed mod, is ing, is ar éigin ‘scarcely, hardly’, and is obair ‘it is hard, difficult’. Suggests that ModIr. fhóbair, (fh)obair ‘almost’ represents a confusion of impersonal verb fóbair and use of obair replacing earlier mod.
3770.
O’Rahilly (Cecile): Notes on Irish idioms: 2. atá (), introducing an answer.
In Celtica 13 (1980), pp. 123–124.
Supplies an example of this construction from LL. Cf. Celtica 12 (1977), pp. 188-191 [Varia: 2. is ann : is amlaid].