[Spellyans] taste

Herbie Blackburn kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com
Mon Nov 24 15:56:18 GMT 2014

While under ‘Flair’ it only references OCV, the other relevant page of Lexicon Cornu-Britannicum Rev Williams has these references:



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From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Jon Mills
Sent: 24 November 2014 15:19
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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] taste


I have found one other attestation:

"aga fleyr a yl schyndye | ha lathe mur yethewon"

'Their smell may harm and kill many Jews'

[Passio Domini: 1547-8]

Ol an gwella,


Dr. Jon Mills,
University of Kent



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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] taste

The verb flerya 'to stink' is attested. as is fleryys 'stinker, smelly person' (for ?*fleryus). I can't find any Middle Cornish example of fler 'smell, stink' though odor flair occurs in OCV. Notice that Lhuyd gives flair s.v. odor AB: 4b, 105c. In both cases he puts a dagger in front of the word to indicate that it is Old Cornish only. The Middle/Late word he cites for 'odour' is Saụarn. This is presumably for *saworen, but is not attested in the MC texts. 





On 24 Nov 2014, at 10:42, Ray Chubb <ray at spyrys.org> wrote:


I can see nothing wrong with the concept of stinking with a flavour. It is possible that the writer of RD only used 'blas' to give himself a rhyme. Otherwise he could have used the much more appropriate 'fler'.

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