[Spellyans] January and other months.

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Sun Nov 25 13:17:03 GMT 2012


Hedley you need to speak to your brother. I seem to remember that he  
used to give us an explanation very similar to Nicholas's.


On 24 Du 2012, at 21:35, Hedley Climo wrote:

> On 2012 Du 24, at 20:50, Nicholas Williams wrote:
>> I don't think Kevardhu has anything to do with ploughing.
>> …The first element in Kevardhu is probably the same element as in  
>> in the gever 'with respect to you' and cf.Welsh cyfair 'direction'  
>> and ar gyfair 'opposite'.
>> Kevardhu I take to mean 'the month opposite i.e. following November'.
>
> The Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru does, at least in part, support your  
> assertion:
>> cyfair, cyfer.
>> 1. direction, region, place, spot; opposite position.
>
> However, its entry for this lexeme seems to support a different  
> possibility:
>> cyfair, cyfer.
>>>> 2. acre, a day's ploughing, cover.
>
> This is a close match for an entry in Mordon Nance's excellent 1952  
> Dictionary:
>> acre. *kever
> …and in his 1938 one, we find:
>> kevar. joint ploughing of land held in common (W., B.)
>> kever. regard, respect, direction.
>
> This all suggests that 'Winter Ploughing' or 'Winter/Black Acre' is  
> perfectly possible.
>
> Eddie Climo
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