Who doesn’t love a wee dram from time to time?
Today’s Fun with Gaelic word is uisge-beatha. For those looking for a pronunciation, it sounds like “oosh-keh—bae-ha”.
I think this was one of the first Gaelic words I learned, and I remember loving the way it sounded. There are so many Gaelic words that I just repeat to myself, and this was definitely one of them.
Uisge-beatha may be one of my favorite Gaelic words, simply because of its literal translation. Yes, it does mean whisky, so when you’re wanting to ask for a shot in Gaelic, uisge-beatha is your word, but it literally translates to “water of life”.
Whisky is the water of life.
Is that not the most Scottish thing ever?