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The Sandman 01 Sep 06 - 06:12 PM
Joe Offer 01 Sep 06 - 06:22 PM
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GUEST,married to a dirty Welsh woman 01 Sep 06 - 06:46 PM
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pdq 01 Sep 06 - 08:56 PM
The Sandman 02 Sep 06 - 03:57 AM
Mo the caller 02 Sep 06 - 04:03 AM
John MacKenzie 02 Sep 06 - 05:01 AM
leeneia 02 Sep 06 - 02:01 PM
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Paul from Hull 02 Sep 06 - 05:08 PM
Nigel Parsons 02 Sep 06 - 05:24 PM
Fliss 02 Sep 06 - 05:36 PM
Michael in Swansea 02 Sep 06 - 06:57 PM
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pdq 02 Sep 06 - 08:39 PM
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Gervase 04 Sep 06 - 09:47 AM
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Subject: welsh
From: The Sandman
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:12 PM

The welsh are a nation who are renowned for their singing.
    when I look up the word welsh , here is the dictionary definition,to leave a racecourse without settling ones bets, an illusion to the bad faith of welshmen.
       If I was welsh I would be really pissed off.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:22 PM

I wonder where that meaning for "welsh" came from. I suppose it must come from the Welsh people being reputed not to settle their bets, but I'll bet there's a good folklore story behind it.

But anyhow, what to English people think of the Welsh? Are there anti-Welsh prejudices in England?

Here in California, people seem to think that the Welsh have a beautiful place to live in, but that they have impossible spelling.

-Joe Offer-
(no doubt, this thread will end up in the non-music section, but let's wait a while and see which direction it takes)


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: *Laura*
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:30 PM

They have a nice accent.
Every time I have been to Wales it has rained.

These are the two things I note about the Welsh.

xLx


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Michael in Swansea
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:44 PM

The saying about welshing on a bet does piss us off.
I'm Welsh, from Swansea, South Wales and have more English relations through my sisters' marriages (I have 3 of them) than Welsh. In fact I know more Yorkshire people than Swansea people, Yorkshire and South Wales tend to have the same sense of humour.
Prejudice wise I would say there are more narrow minded knobheads in Wales than there are in England. "As long as we beat England nothing else matters" Pillocks!
Saw written on a pub wall in Greenock, Scotland:
The Scots provide the verse
The Irish provide the tune
The Welsh provide the voice
The English provide the audience

Dick, haven't seen for a while. Hopefully soon but not this weekend.

Mike


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,married to a dirty Welsh woman
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:46 PM

Taffy was a Welshman.
Taffy was a thief.
Taffy came to my house
To steal a leg of beef.
I went to Taffy's house.
Taffy was upstairs,
So I caught him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs.


playground verse early 1960s South Wales..



.. well thats when my mrs learnt it..


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:48 PM

I think you are more likely to find anti-English feelings in Wales. Don't forget though that there are for example people living in Wales who rember being punished in school in thier native tongue, etc.

Also, in more recent times in certain areas, there has been bad feeling about wealthy people (typicaly English) buying holiday homes and pushing prices up beyond the reach of locals. This problem is not unique to Wales though, pats of England suffer this way to.

All that negativity over with. I think North (I've not lived in other parts) Wales is a lovely place to live, and overall very welcoming to "foreigners" like myself.

I think from English side, the most common tale I hear about the Welsh is walking into say a pub and the conversation suddenly changing to Welsh as soon as they walk in. I can't convince myself that (regularly) happens. The Welsh people I know who do speak Welsh as a first language in the home, with friends etc. switch to English if joined by someone like myself who doesn't speak Welsh.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:51 PM

Lots of "interesting" definitions in The Urban Dictionary including a good bit of sheep shagging!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: sian, west wales
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:53 PM

I've also heard that "welshing" actually refers back to someone called Welch or Welsh - but can't remember where that came from. There were a couple of guys in the States who ... do you call it 'taking out a class action' or something? ... to stop the usage of 'welshing'. Can't remember what the result was.

My Gran was English, and I have tons of English friends so I don't want to get in a slagging match here ... but god preserve me from some of the idiots we get 'escaping to the country' down here in west Wales. Do nothing to improve Anglo-Welsh relations. And the media really do knock us about, or ignore us. I refer my learned friends to the earliest Folk Britannia threads. (which might be enough to qualify this thread for 'above the line'?)

sian


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: sian, west wales
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 06:56 PM

Ah. From The Phrasefinder site:

From "Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins":
"welsh -- to anyone with Welsh blood in his or her veins, the old nursery rhyme 'Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief' is an outrage and a slander. There is no objection to the first statement: 'Taffy' is a generic name for Welshman, a corruption of 'David,' the patron saint of Wales. But we greatly resent the implied slander on an entire nation in the second line...Even worse is the verb 'to welsh,' meaning 'to renege on a bet,'...The term welsher became common in Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the argot of race-track bettors. But from a reader came a comforting word for all Welshmen, one which gives a touch of logic to the use of the term: 'It was ENGLISH bookies who, having too many long shot winners against them, fled over the border to 'boondock' Wales to become the original welshers and escape irate bettors looking for their payoff.'

sian


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: pdq
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 07:00 PM

That is probably 'class action law suit".

In the US, I've always heard it as "Welch" as in "Welch on a bet". Welch is an Irish surname so the phrase can probably be traced to a person with that last name. Nothing to do with dissing people from Wales.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Epona
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 07:02 PM

Thanks Sian, that's pretty interesting stuff actually.

E


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 07:08 PM

Phil Tanner is a great Welsh singer. Anyone agree?


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 07:32 PM

We were in Boulogne last new year and the local bars and restaurents prided themselves on doing 'Welsh'. We never did find out what it was but wondered how a bar in Rhuddlan or Conwy would fare if they advertised they did 'French'...

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 08:22 PM

Well Dave, it cant have been Welsh Rarebit, can it, not with that runny cheese, & the only bread being croissants or sticks...


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: pdq
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 08:56 PM

Actually, I think it all goes back to misunderstanding about Welch's grape juice. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 03:57 AM

Phil Tanner was a GREAT SINGER.Dick Miles.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Mo the caller
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 04:03 AM

Doesn't it date from times when borders were less fixed and folk raided across them, cattle rustling. Both the Welsh and Scottish borders,both sides raiding (but it doesn't count when you do it cos they did it first).

The mountain sheep are sweeter
But the valley sheep are fatter
And so we think it meeter
That we should take the later.

I suppose you could call people who move into another area, changing it's character for the locals 'house rustlers'


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 05:01 AM

Well Paul from Hull I hate to disabuse you, but in France there is a snack/dish called Croque Monsieur, which is a dead ringer for Welsh Rabbit, although it does have a slice of jambon hidden under the cheese.
Details here
Giok


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: leeneia
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 02:01 PM

Looking up "Welsh" in the unabridged dictionary leads one on a merry chase. The word is derived from Anglo-Saxon, but the AS's had borrowed it from somewhere else, possibly Old High German. It is related to walnut, Walachia, and Walloon. Basically it means "foreign."

I knew about walnuts and Walloons, so I looked up Walachia. It is a province of Romania. "Walachia" is Slavic, from the OHG "wahl," and a wahl was "a speaker of a Romance language, orig. a Celt."

The Welsh call themselves Cymry and Wales is Cymru. Somebody else is going to have to tell me how to pronounce that. I know that the u is pronounced ee, but the y's have me baffled.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 02:09 PM

Cumree


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Paul from Hull
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 05:08 PM

Sneaky, them Frenchies, Giok...hiding their Jambon like that...


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 05:24 PM

Guest, Married to a Welsh woman:
"taffy was a Welsh man
taffy was a theif..
taffy came to my house
to steal a leg of beef
I went to taffys house
taffy was upstairs
so I cought him by the left leg
and threw him down the stairs...

playground verse early 1960s South Wales.."


As I recall it,
"Taffy was a Welsh man, Taffy was a thief.
Taffy came to my house and stole a lump of beef.
I went to Taffy's house, Taffy was in bed.
So I picked up a chopper, and chopped of his head."

Your last two lines seem to have crept in from "Goosey Goosey Gander".

The version I recall shows the over-the-top reaction of the English, who considered sheep stealing an offence worthy of the death penalty.

Hwyl Fawr
Nigel


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Fliss
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 05:36 PM

Looked up Welch on internet surname site...

Wallace, Wales or Welch, and formed thus--Gaulish, Wallish, Wallis, and also Welsh or Welch, a name given to the Britons by their Danish and Angles invaders, because they originally came from Gaul.

The welsh surname for the English is Sayce, - sais "English speaking". Which is similar to the scottish Sassenach.

fxx


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Michael in Swansea
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 06:57 PM

Nearly right Fliss SAIS is Welsh for English (language)
I know this bit should really be on the Hull thread but I heard Alan Hardy from Bitter End at last year's Hull say something I'd never heard before "Lloegr am byth" - "England for ever" in Welsh? How does that grab you? I know Sian has knows Alan and appreciates his sense of humour, but still, I told him straight "Oi Alan, that's not on, you can't say that" to which he gave a hearty chuckle. I made a point of telling my few Welsh friends and they found it rather chuckling to.
I love (mostly) everyone except terrorists of any religion.
Mike


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Les from Hull
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 08:03 PM

My mam's maiden name was Walsh, which is Irish for Welsh. So I'm quite international, aren't I, especially with my Norman-French surname of Ward.

Isn't there a term in American English for 'putting English' on a cue ball in pool, a sort of sneaky spinny sort of thing?


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: pdq
Date: 02 Sep 06 - 08:39 PM

Putting "English" on a cue ball is not so much "sneaky" as it is difficult. It is usually used in a attempt to position the cue ball for the next shot, after it has sunk a ball,


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: sian, west wales
Date: 03 Sep 06 - 09:10 AM

So I know Alan? Ummm. Not sure ...

Oh, and Sais (pl Saeson) is the person/people. Saesneg is the Language. Close.

There was a very funny Welsh song in the 1970s - Dw isio bod yn Sais (I wanna be an Englishman) - about a young lad's aspirations to be something he isn't - and wouln't want to be.

sian


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: leeneia
Date: 03 Sep 06 - 09:57 AM

"English" with respect to a ball means "spinning around a vertical axis." The British equivalent is "side." Other people speak of it as a billiards term, but I'm familiar with it in baseball. If the pitcher puts some English on a baseball, then it will be harder for the batter to hit it in the direction he wants.

English is also what makes a stone skip over the water.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Splott Man
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 04:04 AM

Here in south Wales we call the northerners Gogs and they call us Hwntws. Taffs are from the Valleys. Maybe Sian could expand on their precise meanings.

Splott man


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 04:19 AM

Well, I know that 'Gog' is someone from the North (Gogledd) and Taff refers to someone - I thought - from the Taff Valley or surrounds. So, Splott, you use it just for The Valleys? (Of course, there's also another Taff, or Taf, river just west of here which flows into Carmarthen Bay at Laugharne.)

'Hwntw' I don't know. 'Tu hwnt' means 'beyond' so it might be the Gogs referring to 'those down there'. Also, there might be a connection with the fact that Welsh speakers from the Tawe Valley (Swansea and above) have a habit of injecting 'w' to the end of sentences, much as in 'Canadian, eh?' or 'Murican, huh?'

Another category within the Welsh is the "Down Belows" - the people in Pembrokeshire who live 'below' the Lansker line, roughly the A40.

sian


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Paul Burke
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 04:23 AM

I've heard that the verb to welsh has nothing to do with the reputation of Welshmen, but derives from a former Prince of Wales who, being no gentleman, defaulted on his gambling debts.

Having said that, a slightly longer version of Taffy ran:

Taffy was a Welshman,
Taffy was a thief.
Taffy came to my house
And stole a lump of beef.
I went to Taffy's house,
Taffy wasn't in-
Taffy came to my house
And stole a rolling-pin.
I went to Taffy's house,
Taffy was in bed,
So I picked up the rolling pin
And bashed him on the head.

Welsh, from AS wealh, the same word for Briton (Celt) and slave. Which suggests something about how the Saxons made their living.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 04:38 AM

Sian,

Hwntw is given here as a slang term for a South Walian.

I can't say I was ever aware of a name for them in my time in North Wales. I'm not certain those in the North particulary wanted to refer to those in the South anyway. I always had a feeling there was quite a N/S divide in some ways.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 09:34 AM

I'd heard Valleys people referred to as Shunnies (presumably from Sion) in Cardiff. The local teds used to look forward to the "Shunny buses" coming in to town on a Saturday night for a bit of a rumble.

And many valley folk didn't like black people "because they do come from Cardiff"


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Gervase
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 09:47 AM

Out here in the west there's a bit of prejudice against the 'Jacks' from Swansea and the 'Turks' from Llanelli, while poor valley girls are the butt of all the jokes aimed elsewhere at blondes and Essex girls. The gogs are tolerated, but there's a feeling that they're too close to scousers to be wholly trustworthy!

But even within this small part of west Wales there are degrees of internal prejudice, with younger folk from non-Welsh-speaking homes taking the piss out of the rural "hambones" who do speak Welsh, which is a shame. The education system and the 'Cool Cymru phenomenon is doing its best, and the proportion of Welsh/Wenglish speakers is growing all the time, but there remains a certain type (mainly urban, it has to be said) who, although Welsh, regards speaking Welsh as a sign of backwardness and being 'stuck in the past'. The same sort of people, in fact, who seem intent on wrecking so many of the old buildings in these parts with wholly unsuitable 'modernisation'.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Splott Man
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 09:52 AM

A past colleague of mine used to refer to people from "sheep country" ie Powys as Iantos (pron. Yantoes), but that may have been of his own invention.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: pdq
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 09:56 AM

For a small area with about one million people Wales seems to be quite prolific. Here are the top dozen last names in the US:

1.        Smith                     1.01%
2.        Johnson               0.81
3.        Williams               0.70
4.        Jones                    0.62
5.        Brown                    0.62
6.        Davis                     0.48
7.        Miller                     0.42
8.        Wilson                  0.34
9.        Moore                    0.31
10.        Taylor                  0.31
11.        Anderson             0.31
12.        Thomas                0.31%


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 09:58 AM

"Here in south Wales we call the northerners Gogs and they call us Hwntws. Taffs are from the Valleys."

It may be purely a coincidence but in Albania the people of the mountainous north are called 'Ghegs' (or 'Gegs') whilst southerners are 'Tosks'.

Also in Albania, Northern Greece, Kosovo and Western Macedonia are a group of people called 'Vlachs' who speak a romance language similar to Romanian. I have been led to understand that 'Vlach' means 'stranger' (in Greek?) and is from the same linguistic root as 'Wales/Welsh'.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 11:43 AM

Ah well - if we're going down to town level, there are the Taffs (which in the west tends to mean Cardiffians), the Swansea Jacks, the Turks (Llanelli), St Peter's Boys (Carmarthen), Cardis (Cardigan, tho' most of all Cardiganshire really), Cofis (Caernarfon), Moch Mon (Anglesey Pigs, tho' again the whole county really) and probably a whole lot I don't know about! Can't remember the one for Haverfordwest, and I think there's one for Fishguard too.

Gervase, yeh - we get Hambones in Carmarthen too. And they tend to call the town lads "tras y dre" (town trash). Mostly friendly stuff in Carmarthen any more but I hear that it has been known to get a bit ugly in some smaller towns ...

I've heard some Cofis use Mongols and Tibetans for S and N Walians.

sian


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 11:48 AM

I'm not sure how you spell it Sian but you've missed out the "Bangor I's"...


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Gervase
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 01:08 PM

Careful what you say about the Cardis - just because we've got short arms and long pockets, there ain't no cause to poke fun!
As for a nickname for them from Pembrokeshire, 'English' would seem to fit. Every other house seems to be a sais holiday home.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 01:35 PM

As a definite outsider, but one who is interested in learning about different cultures, would the person referenced or others please answer these questions:

Sian, how is the 'w' pronouced that you said is used at the end of some sentences?

Paul, I'd never read or heard the rhyme "Taffy was a Welshman". I sense that this rhyme is a well know taunt in the UK. Is that so?Is calling a Welsh person "Taffy" as bad as called a Black person the "N" word or calling a person who is Asian or Middle Eastern or Black a "Macaca" {sorry, I'm only spelling the word out because some may not know what I mean if I said the "M" word}. I just learned about this word because of its recent public use two times by the Virgina {USA} Senator Allen.

In Gervases' comment "But even within this small part of west Wales there are degrees of internal prejudice, with younger folk from non-Welsh-speaking homes taking the piss out of the rural "hambones" who do speak Welsh, which is a shame", does the referent "hambone" come from the Black American handclap or patting juba {thigh and body patting} rhyme "Hambone'{hambone/hambone where you been/round the corner and back again etc}. Is this rhyme known in Wales?

And Snuffy, when you wrote: "And many valley folk didn't like black people "because they do come from Cardiff" what did you mean? Are the people from Cardiff darker in complexion than people from other regions of your country, or did you mean black people as I would mean it {people with some African descent?

Again, I'm just asking out of curiousity and a desire to know more about your cultures.

Thank you.


Azizi


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 01:40 PM

Azizi, we have to stop meeting like this ...

"W" would be "Oo" ... a bit as though you were imitating a chimp.

I'll let the others answer for their bits, but I might mention that Canadians of British extraction certainly seemed to know the Taffy rhyme.

sian


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Les from Hull
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 01:57 PM

I think it's probably not too derogatory to call a Welshman a 'Taff' or 'Taffy'. Many people would do that without knowing the rhyme. The same as we might call anyone from the USA a 'Yank', without referring to the Yankee Doodle rhyme, or people might call me a 'Tyke' (Yorkshireman). In fact the N word was once a simple state of fact (or opinion?) in Spanish before it gathered all the nasty connotations. Would people of Irish nationality or extraction object to being called a 'Paddy'.

The words on their own are quite harmless, it's the way they're said or meant that makes all the difference.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 02:14 PM

Wow, what a minefield! And to think that JudyB and I will be picking our way from one end of Wales to the other in just a few short weeks. Maybe, it's better if we spend ALL our time in Hay-on-Way sifting through the mouldy books.

We will be too itimidated to "ask" direction to anywhere but we are planning to bring along some chalk and a slate that we can poke out the window of our rental car, if we can figure which side of the car to poke it out...

Seriously, we'll be spending some of our time around Swansea swapping sea songs with the Baggywrinkle crew, October 7-8.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 02:32 PM

Thanks, Les.

I appreciate that information. However, with regard to your statement that:

"The words on their own are quite harmless, it's the way they're said or meant that makes all the difference".

In my opinion, it's not only a referent's literal meaning or the way the referent is said but it's also the referent's connotation that become an important part of its meaning.

Hence, my {and many other Black people and non-Black people's} problem with the "N" word}.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 02:40 PM

Oh and BTW, in case anyone wonders about the Bangor one, they say (I'll spell it as we would say in English) "aye" after everything.

Nice weather aye, have you been shopping aye? etc.


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,Bill the sound
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 08:15 PM

diolch yn fawr, mae'n dda 'da fi rhedeg amdani


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 Sep 06 - 08:16 PM

"And many valley folk didn't like black people "because they do come from Cardiff" Let me try to explain:

As Britain never had a sizeable slave population, it was mostly in ports that coloured people began to congregate to form noticeable communities, initially of seafarers. Cardiff was a great seaport, exporting coal all over the world, and had one of the largest coloured populations in Britain. There was no love lost between the people of Cardiff and those of the coal mining Valleys. The joke above is that people from the valleys don't care a fig about your colour, but being a resident of Cardiff automatically makes you an "enemy".


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 12:03 AM

Thanks, Snuffy.

I appreciate your response. Having knowledge of history and putting things in context is important, isn't it?

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Would Gervase or others who might know please help me understand if the reference to "hambones" above has anything to do with the song "Hambones"? Was that song known in Wales?


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Subject: RE: welsh
From: GUEST,pavane
Date: 05 Sep 06 - 02:31 AM

Charley
I am close to Swansea and know some of the Baggywrinkles.
Might be able to pop in if I knew where you were (Pub in the Marina area maybe?)

Joe Offer
Have you ever been to Wales? (I remember meeting you in London).
Wales is very different to the South-East of England!

Btw I am English, but wife and the rest of the family are Welsh, and my young grandchildren are attending a Welsh-language school.


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