's e do bheatha

Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Irish dia do betha or Middle Irish dé do betha (with ’s e ‘(it is) he’ substituted for dia reanalyzed as ‘god’), from Old Irish rot·bia do bethu (you shall have your life) or Old Irish rot·bé do bethu (may you have your life). Compare Irish Dé do bheatha and 's é do bheatha.

PhraseEdit

's e do bheatha

Literally: "it's your life"

  1. don't mention it, you're welcome (in response to tapadh leat) (informal and singular)
  2. no problem (informal and singular)
  3. do as you please (informal and singular)

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Brian Ó Cuív (1981), “The etymology of Dia do bheatha”, in Celtica, volume 14, pages 27–40