Uisce beatha (Irish pronunciation: [ˈɪʃcə ˈbʲahə]) is the name for whiskey in Irish - the equivalent in Scottish Gaelic is rendered uisge-beatha. The word "whisky" (as spelt in Scotland) or "whiskey" (as spelt in Ireland) itself is simply an anglicised version of this phrase, stemming from a mispronunciation of the word uisce in Ireland or uisge in Scotland. This development may in turn have influenced the Modern Irish word fuisce ("whiskey"). The phrase uisce beatha, literally "water of life", was the name given by Irish monks of the early Middle Ages to distilled alcohol. It is simply a translation of the Latin aqua vitae.
|This Ireland-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|