[Spellyans] Cat's cradle

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sun Jul 24 12:56:30 IST 2016


> On 24 Jul 2016, at 11:53, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Cat’s cradle means two rather different things:
> 
> 1. a game played with string on the fingers. see http://www.ifyoulovetoread.com/book/chten_cats1105.htm
> 2. by extension a hopeless tangle. 
> 
> Gwary corden or possibly gwary besîas ha corden would be fine for the first. 

Well, the latter is a bit encyclopaedic. 

> For ‘hopeless tangle’ there are several possibilities. Geiriadur yr Academi for this second sense
> suggests cymhlethdod ‘complexity’, dryswch ‘tangle’ or tryblith ‘chaos, muddle’.

I think the extension of “gwary corden” in metaphor would be reasonable. 

Michael


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