[Spellyans] ‘Pound’ in Cornish

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Wed Jan 7 08:42:41 GMT 2009

It is unfortunate that we do not use <Z>. We could then write 'penz' (pound) and 'pens' (pence).

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eddie Climo" <eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] ‘Pound’ in Cornish
> Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 23:57:15 +0000
> On 6 Jan 2009, at 21:51, <ajtrim at msn.com> <ajtrim at msn.com> wrote:
> > I don't like <peuns>.
> > I don't think that we can improve much on Nance here.
> Agreed. 'pens' is too confusing with English 'pence'. It has to be  'puns'.
> As for '(new) pence', I've heard people calling them 'dynar' in  
> Cornish. This older word is still perfectly serviceable for the new 
>   currency, and if there were some possibility of confusion between 
>   pre- and post-decimal pennies (I can't imagine how, off the top 
> of my  head!), then it'd be easy enough to qualify them as 'noweth' 
> or 'coth.
> Anyway, there are far too many of the old terms for money that have 
>   already become obsolete with the disappearance of the old coinage 
>   (hanter-demma, ferdhyn, demma, whednar, sols, hanter curun, 
> curun,  gyny ...); we should conserve what little we have left!
> Eddie
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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