[Spellyans] loan words

ewan wilson butlerdunnit at ntlworld.com
Wed Feb 23 11:09:52 GMT 2011

Yes, DYWYVER is another simply splendid coinage that goes to prove that Cornish has an innate facility more than most languages for producing the neatest of neologisms! I off to attend to my dywyver right now! I don't think I remember this in any of my Cornish dictionaries- or certainly have not picked up on it! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Eddie Climo 
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
  Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:46 AM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] loan words

  On 2011 Whe 23, at 00:04, ewan wilson wrote:
    ... I think pellgowser is far more euphonic and just asks to be used!!

  Agreed. I also like 'dywyver' for a radio, it being of course a calque on the obsolescent English 'wireless'. I also like the distinction many Kernewegoryon make between this pair, an English loan and a native Brythonic word:
  torchen - an electric torch
  faklen - a flaming torch.

  Oddly enough, these last two were amongst the first words I ever learnt in Cornish, along with 'banallek', a furze thicket (with geminate -ll-, mind you!)

  Eddie Climo


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