Words and Proper Names

fhóbair

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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.