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sian, west wales Welsh yw? (42) RE: Welsh yw? 10 May 11


"C" is always 'hard', so "k". There is no K in the current alphabet, but that doesn't go back so long; couple of hundred years maybe? "U" isn't really pronounced like the "i" in "it" but it probably sounds like that, heard 'on the trot'. It's actually closer to the French "u" or German "u+umlaut" but without pursing the lips. And in south Wales "u" as well as "i" are pronounced "ee".

So - you're a 'gnome' is as in gnomic poetry, not hairy-thing-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden? (And it would be Dia Wireb, if so; or possibly Dai Gwireb)

s.


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