[Spellyans] More on bys/bes words and diacritical marks

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Sat Jul 19 20:21:59 IST 2008

What, no mention of what Mr Bailey called us?   In writing and publicly? 
As in "lying, devious sh*tbags"?  I don't think that any of us stooped 
to those depths (even if we wanted to).


Eddie Climo wrote:
> 'Explanatory epithet' (hopefully not too /ad hominem) /re 'new 
> personage' (Jings! Do you really talk like that?) coming up, as per 
> request:
> Keith Bailey is one of the more polemical, less rational, supporters 
> of Kernewek Kemyn. With two (science) degrees under his belt, he 
> appears to be living proof of the observation made by George Savile, 
> 1st Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) that,
> /"The vanity of teaching [i.e. 'being taught'] doth oft tempt a man to 
> forget he is a blockhead."/
> He has been a frequent poster on such online Cornish fora as 
> Cornwall24 and CornishOrthography, under various pseudonyms including 
> 'morvran', 'mongvras' and 'howlsedhes services'. If you fancy a wee 
> daunder along the lunatic fringe of past battlefields of the Cornish 
> Revival, check out the postings by these pseudonyms (and throw in 
> 'ryzvel' and 'bardh' for good measure) in the archives at:
> http://www.cornwall24.co.uk/module-pnForum-viewforum-forum-9.htm
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cornishorthography/
> To put Michael's remark in context, both the Kernowak list and this 
> one, which supersedes it, ask people to register in their own names, 
> so as to avoid the sort of flaming and /ad hominem/ abuse so often 
> seen on anonymous fora like the 2 mentioned above.
> Obviously, there is no way of checking that someone on the Web is 
> truly who they say they are; clearly, "Jean Smith of Liskeard" (who 
> has "always wanted to learn Cornish, but never quite gotten round to 
> it" -- which is, of course, why no-one within the Revival would ever 
> have heard of her/him/it) could actually be, say, Doktor Mengele (or 
> Keith Bailey) in drag.
> A trawl through the archives of the Kernowak list will show that, 
> while most participants were genuinely interested in the development 
> of Kernowak Standard, a few seemed to be there solely as agents 
> provocateurs. Their intent seemed to be to spy out what the 'enemy' 
> (i.e. those who reject KK) were up to, and to try and stir up 
> factional dissent between, for instance, the members who variously 
> favoured UC, UCR, RLC and KK. Those few who persistently breached the 
> rules of courtesy were warned by the Moderator, and then ejected.
> On this new 'Spellyans' list, most contributors likewise seem to have 
> a genuine interest in the attempt to develop a better form of KS or 
> the SWF. But, yet again, it appears that one or two are here solely as 
> agents provocateurs, who wish to sow the seeds of dissent between. 
> say, the users of Middle Cornish and those of Late Cornish.This tired 
> old 'divide and conquer' tactic has been attempted repeatedly, but 
> unsuccessfully, over the last couple of decades by the Kesva and the 
> Kemyn hardkore, and we're still seeing it on this list.
> While one may not know who 'Jean Smith' truly is, from the tune s/he 
> sings and dances to, one knows **what** she is. To use a different 
> metaphor, a muck-raker can hardly avoid smelling of muck, eh?
> It would appear Michael might have been querying the /bona 
> fides/ of 'Mary Williams'.
> yn lel,
> Eddie Foirbeis Climo
> On 19 Jul 2008, at 14:39, Harry Fraiser wrote:
>> Who is Keith Bailey? Would it be possible, for the benefit of us
>> exiles, to attach some explanatory epithet whenever introducing a new
>> personage?
>> Harry
>> On 7/19/08, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com 
>> <mailto:everson at evertype.com>> wrote:
>>> At 23:15 +0000 2008-07-18, Mary Williams wrote:
>>>> Good question. They must be a secret society. Or just maybe
>>>> someone's been pulling Michael's leg. But my point was really if
>>>> they don't turn up for anything, don't involve themselves with
>>>> promoting the language, and especially don't seem to write anything,
>>>> why does the 'official' spelling matter to them? If all they do is
>>>> in Cornish is shoo out the cat?
>>> My goodness, Mary, but don't YOU sound like Keith Bailey.
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