While researching Welsh scything terms I came across the Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, a wonderful Welsh dictionary run by the University of Wales. Whilst checking on more mundane words such as “haystack” and “scythe” I came across a rich seam of specific historical terms. Under the word gwair (hay) there were terms not so dissimilar to ones we might use in English eg “gwair doldir – … Continue reading How many words for hay?
The “Cymru” in Scythe Cymru is, of course, the welsh name for Wales. A month ago I was talking about scything with a reporter from Lingo Newydd, a welsh language bi-monthly magazine for welsh learners. I have been learning Welsh for 5 years now and can hold a pretty passable conversation. However, just as some English words such as “peening” and “windrow” are not in … Continue reading Scything in Welsh – Pladuro yn Gymraeg