[Spellyans] January and other months.

Hedley Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Nov 25 14:11:07 GMT 2012


Raymond,

I already did that, and he offered the interpretation I gave here.

:-)

Eddie

On 2012 Du 25, at 13:17, Ray Chubb wrote:

> 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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