Posts Tagged 'Cornish language'

Not just a Cornish word of the week but a Cornish story of the week…

I’ve been a bit slow in the Cornish word of the week so to make up for the lack of words I’m going to have a go at a couple of sentences!

Here goes…….

Backalong (in former times) when I was a tacker (small child) I was a heller (child who plays their parents up). I ran through me mother’s kitchen with me boots stagged (muddy) in mud, ‘ Cris’ Father shouted ‘That B’y (boy) is teasey (bad-tempered). Well, I were runnin’ so fast I scat ( to hit or break) the table and me father’s denner (dinner) landed on the floor. Well, he was mazed (angry). I was running so fast I tripped hitting me head on the kitchen durns (door frame).

I picked myself up squalling (crying), I was proper screeching (crying loudly) twas (was). Me (my) brother was in the front room (lounge), came running out ‘Wasson (whats going on) me ‘ansum?  (friendly form of address).  ‘I’ve scat Dad’s denner off the table smashing his plate to larrups (pieces/bits) all over the floor. He’s mazed!’ By this time I was roaring (weeping loudly). My brother picked up his coat and shouted ‘Mother, Mark’s a squallass (crybaby) I’ll see ‘e’ (you) dreckly!

This story is not based on fact and no children were hurt in this process (although I was a bit of a heller!) 😉

p.s that was a spell checkers nightmare!

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Tre Pol Pen…

‘By Tre Pol and Pen shall know all Cornishmen’ goes the phrase.

Many Cornish places and surnames begin with Tre, Pol and Pen. These derive from the Cornish language with Tre meaning homestead, Pol meaning pond, lake or well and Pen being a hill or headland.

The East of Cornwall is noted for ‘Tre’ with examples being Treligga, Trewarmett, Tredrizzick, Tregoodwell and Treburgett but Tre can still be seen all over Cornwall and probably the most common of the three.

Examples of names beginning with Pol are Polzeath, Polruan, Polperro, Polgooth and Polmassick.

Beginning with Pen we have Penryn, Pendoggett, Pentire, Penzance and Penare.

And to confuse matters there is also a place called Penpol!