Currently Reading: Pagan Symbols of the Picts by Stuart McHardy
I just picked up this book a couple days ago, my husband noted it thought I would like it. He's always right - of course I was interested.
It will take me a week or so to finish it. I'm reading concurrently about three other books right now. But I just wanted to share this glorious little tidbit from the book, which made me grin. Because of course he's right and I am satisfied with his level of attention if he's talking like this;
"I have suggested this tribal society as a model for understanding 'Dark Age' Scotland (Mchardy 2010) in terms of a series of interrelated and relatively stable kin groups. These societies were both P- and Q-Celtic-speaking with the Q-Celtic Scots being resident in the West. Differences in sound between the languages led to them being called P- and Q-Celtic because in Gaelic, Irish and Manx many words begin with the 'k' sound, while similar Welsh and Breton begin with a 'p'. The world Celtic was chosen in the 18th century to represent these north-west European languages and the term has no actual ethnic value whatsoever."
I just love the last bit. He just tosses it in there as it was obvious. And it is to current scholars - but even I am guilty of using the word Celtic in an ethnic way and we really need to un-indoctrinate ourselves of this worldview. It really is just a new-ish word, created by Antiquarians, to name a language set. They massaged it from the Greek word keltoi. We need to stop using it as a broad catch-all ethnic term.
Besides, when discovering genetic evidence of ancient Britain, Ireland and Northwest Europe, the idea of a "Celt" falls apart anyway. :D