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General News / October 30, 2020

The Irish dictionary has been updated for the first time in 60 years

Photo: Sunday Times
General News / October 30, 2020

The Irish dictionary has been updated for the first time in 60 years

Words: Katie Gartland

‘Paindéim’ for pandemic, ‘féinín’ for selfie and ‘bréagnuacht’ for fake news will be added to the dictionary.

It has taken over 11 years of compiling new English words and translating them into Irish to update the dictionary. 

New entries into the dictionary  have been influenced by the massive growth in technology from the last few years as well as the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. The dictionary’s new entries include féinín for selfie, paindéim for pandemic and scaradh sóisialta for social distancing.

The updated dictionary will be launched this afternoon by well known Gaeilgeoirs including President Michael D, Mary McAleese and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.