My darling grandmother grew up in the Rhondda Valley, a small mining town where her father was the school principal. To be honest, as a south Walian living in south Wales, I am approaching the point where I will have had a gutful of the word cwtch. We don't want to accept a word if it turns out it is just a flash in the pan and will have disappeared five years later. My Nana's button box is one of my favourite childhood memories Peonies, how fab that your Gran has one too!!!! The word has two meanings and most people will know the first - a hug or a cuddle. You can find it on mugs, cushions, greetings cards, ornaments, t-shirts, and even in the names of cafes and festivals. It is also possible to give a respected associate a non-romantic cwtch.
The word has been adopted in most European languages. Prior to mid 19th century industrialisation the area was once little more than a wooded area, sparsely populated by farmsteads. In fact, the notion of a family tree is a metaphor that has framed the study of dialects, languages and their features for the last two centuries. When you live it and know the reality…both its sentiment and ancestry hail from among the most beautiful things on earth. A bit like throwing in the towel in English. It bears — perhaps — too much similarity to words such as itch, witch and crotch. European Peasant Cookery, Grub Street, 2004, p.
She was an exemplary giver of cwtches: warm, generous, affectionate without reserve. In that scenario, a cwtch would be a heartfelt hug. It is of little surprise to me that she would use that word then, wanting, probably, to transport herself back to where she grew up. In the following millennia, according to the most accepted theory, the Indo-Europeans migrated in a sequence of waves westwards and eastwards, taking with them their dialects, which over time transmuted into separate languages, consisting of their own dialects, which also diversified into separate languages, and so on. Cwtch decor makes the most of tight spaces to transform them into inviting nooks. Cwtch first became a decorating trend in 2008 thanks to a blog called—you guessed it—, where the blogger, an unnamed Welsh pastry chef, set out to explain the word, it's evocative connotations, and the lifestyle fad it represented. It is like a hug.
When I was little we lived abroad and used to come home to stay with my Nana during the long summer holidays, I spent hours with those buttons imagining what kind of clothes they came from! The Science of Bakery Products, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2007, p. We have a lot of dwt fairies and hobbits living in the secret village at Bluestone. Llond fy mol One to remember for after dinner at the Farmhouse Grill. You find it on mugs, cushions, greetings cards, ornaments, t-shirts, and even in the names of cafes and festivals. Look up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. And have a Cwtch Sparkle for me. It is thought that Proto-Indo-European was a collection of associated dialects spoken about 7,000 years ago in the region to the northwest of the Caspian Sea.
One to use in the. That is exactly how a cwtch ought to make you feel: safe, warm, comforted. Eifion Griffiths, a third-generation Welsh textiles maker and owner of wool company Melin Tregwynt, thinks we very well could. When she 'cwtches' the bear, she is reminded of the way her father hugged her. The word spread initially to the West Midlands of England, where it was anglicised to picklets and then to pikelets. I remember spending days and days trying to work out the combination for the box, I eventually managed it and was so pleased to have established a link with my long passed grampy.
You can't get much cozier than this. Bwbach This is a phrase we have embraced at Bluestone and has inspired the Bwbach Festival that runs on site during the Autumn months. I would be allowed to bring the button box out and tip the contents on the carpeted floor in the lounge, the next hour or so would be spent sorting by size, by shade, by preference. The other disclosure: I visited Pembrokeshire this time in association with Visit Wales. Could its popularity be an endorsement of intimacy and kindness? Ty Coffi One of our favourites and one of those odd Welsh phrases that means exactly what you think it does but not in the way you think! This list is ; you can help by. Beyond the loan of common nouns, there are numerous English toponyms, surnames, personal names or nicknames derived from Welsh see ,.
Pen gwyn is identical in Cornish and in Breton. No, a warm, enveloping, safe love. But there is more to cwtch than this. Definitely at least once a day! Ling di long If the Welsh language is a song, then this word should be first on the songsheet! There are strong positive connotations for Welsh people. In 1786, the Welsh philologist William Jones put forward the hypothesis that many of the languages of Europe and Asia belong to the same family, originating in one source language, which scholars named. Think of fireplaces, sinking into a comfortable couch with lots of warm blankets, and fluffy pillows.
After her Dad died a company made a cuddle bear or 'memory bear' out of Dad's clothes for her. Mr Shearing said words have to be well established before they can gain a place in the dictionary. Hugs are for everyone; cwtches are only for a few, very special people in my life. This is a list of words of origin. Found in many toponyms of the western Alps like Coumboscuro Grana valley , Bellecombe and Coumbafréide Aoste , Combette Suse , Coumbal dou Moulin Valdensian valleys. We think of them as distinct and unique entities, but they connect up like the branches of a tree.
There are degrees of cwtching. You can complete the definition of cwtch given by the English Definition dictionary with other English dictionaries: Wikipedia, Lexilogos, Oxford, Cambridge, Chambers Harrap, Wordreference, Collins Lexibase dictionaries, Merriam Webster. A cwtch is a small cosy place, a snug: in my nana's house, a miners cottage in the south wales valleys, the cwtch is a long kind of cupboard which fills the space under the stairs. To the uninitiated, cwtch does not sound like a pleasant word. Located in the Rhondda Fach valley it is a district of the community of Ynyshir. Instagram Adding fresh flowers, fur pillows, pictures of your family on a vacation you enjoyed are ways to bring a little cwtch to a space by sparking your emotions and fostering feelings of well-being. It can be a noun or a verb.
The Welsh word, transliterated into English for English has no exact equivalent means more than the physical act. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire. The second meaning means a safe place to store things - like a cubbyhole in English. It has become something of a local symbol, a symbol of local-ness and a symbol of Welsh-English-ness — especially because it is perceived as having been borrowed into south Wales English from the Welsh language. It is pronounced kutch, rhymes with butch.