craig at agantavas.org
Wed Aug 24 08:50:01 IST 2016
<gortharap> appears in no less than ten widely-spread place-names in Cornwall and appears to translate as : "very pleasant".
Padel finds cognates in W. gwrdd- "fine, strong", and W. arab, "pleasant". (However, W. gwrth- "contra-", could render the word as meaning "unpleasant" - but this is unlikely in such place-names as Tretharrup/Trewartharap).
That <gortharap > appears in ten names from Gwennap in the west to St Cleer in the east should qualify it for inclusion in current dictionaries.
Matthew Clarke argues that a case can be made to include <arap> as well. However, I disagree. <arap> is not found anywhere on its own, as far as I'm aware; therefore, a case for its inclusion is far too weak to justify.
What are your thoughts on these words?
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