20 Fabulous Welsh Phrases


Lifestyle / Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Are you embarrassed by your lack of Welsh?  Don’t know your popty ping from your smwddio?  Let us help.  Our handy word list may not be directly applicable to most everyday situations, but you’ll have instant kudos just for knowing them.  After all, how can anybody not be in awe of somebody who knows a word like “sboncen”?

 

Man a man a mwnci

Pronounced: Man ah man ah moon-key

Man a man a mwnci

“May as well”

 

 

Wnco mwnco

Pronounced: Oonkaw moonkaw

Wnco mwnco

“Him over there”

 

 

Onco fonco

Pronounced: Onkaw Vonkaw

Onco fonco

“Her over there”

 

 

Sielffo

Pronounced: Shelf-aw

Shelffo

“A shag”

 

 

Sboncen

Pronounced: Spon-ken

Sboncen

“Squash”

 

 

Smwddio

Pronounced: Smooth-ee-aw

Smwddio

“Ironing”

 

 

Pili pala

Pronounced: Pilly-pahllah

Pili pala

“Butterfly”

 

 

Igam ogam

Pronounced: Igam-ogam

igam ogam

“Zigzag”

 

 

Buwch goch gota

Pronounced: Bee-ooch goch gotta

Buwch goch gota

Ladybird (literally, “little red cow”)

 

 

Bwgan brain

Pronounced: Boogan brine

Bwgan brain

“Scarecrow”

 

 

Clatsio

Pronounced: Klat-shaw

Clatsio

“To fight”

 

 

Swmpus!

Pronounced: Soom-piss

Swmpus

“Awesome!”

 

 

Twmffat!

Pronounced: Toom-fat

Twmffat!

“Jackass!”

 

 

Lembo!

Pronounced: Lem-baw

Jackass!

“Jackass!”

 

 

Bwci bo

Pronounced: Boo-key baw

Bwci bo

“Ghost”

 

 

Jiw jiw!

Pronounced: Jew-jew

Jiw jiw!

“Good heavens!”

 

 

Mwg drwg

Pronounced: Moog droog

Mwg drwg

Cannabis (literally, “bad smoke”)

 

 

Rhoi’r ffidil yn y to

Pronounced: Roy’r fiddle in uh taw

Rhoi’r ffidil yn y to

“To give up” (literally, “put the fiddle in the roof”)

 

 

Ychafi!

Pronounced: Uch-ah-vee

Achyfi!

“Disgusting!”

 

 

Popty ping

Pronounced: Pop-tee ping

Popty ping

“Microwave oven (literally, “oven that goes “ping”)”

 

Congratulations!  With this handy guide, you’ll have no trouble starting to clatsio with the twmffat wnco mwnco, especially if you’re having a sielffo with onco fonco!  Man a man a mwnci!  It could be swmpus!

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