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    A dictionary to record the dialect of people living on the Gower peninsula is one of a number projects which could benefit from Heritage Lottery funding.



    Gower, near Swansea, has been earmarked to receive money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its landscape partnership programme.

    Swansea council leads the partnership which is made up of 21 organisations.



    Much of the money will go towards protecting and restoring the heritage features of the landscape.

    Gower, which was the UK's first designated area of outstanding natural beauty, contains Neolithic chambered tombs, bronze age ritual sites, iron age hill forts and a 16th Century salt house.

    In partnership with landowners, the proposed work will include the conservation of these sites, controlling invasive species and managing small woodlands and wet fields.

    Volunteers will be given training in oral history skills to research and collect people's memories of Gower, as well as IT skills to help create a website which will act as a virtual visitor centre.

    They will also be trained to take surveys on ancient hedge banks and collect information on the coast water to help monitor climate change.

    As well as this, a programme of activities will take place to encourage the local community, schools, universities and educational groups to get actively involved in conserving and learning more about the heritage and character of their local landscape is at the heart of the four year scheme.

    Other projects include the dictionary which is a mixture of Welsh and English with specific names for plants and animals, not heard anywhere else in Wales.

    Peculiarities of Gower dialect are thought to have developed due to its geography and were recorded in the mid 19th Century.

    The announcement marks the first stage in a bid to secure more than £1m funding for Gower from the HLF.

    It is no guarantee of final funding but seen as an indication of positive support.

    Dan Clayton Jones, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales, said the project looked to protect and enhance Gower's landscape.

    "Gower's unique cultural heritage is also at risk as the generation of people who remember events and activities that reinforce a sense of place are dying out and this project will record these memories," he said.

    Some Gowerisms

    Angletouch, a worm
    Back, iron plate , part of a dredge
    Beader/bidder, person appointed to summon guests to a Gower wedding
    Bellamine, unglazed brown earthenware pitcher
    Bett, prepared turf used for hedging
    Blonkers, sparks
    Bossey, a calf still running with its mother
    Bubback, scarecrow ; dull person
    Bumbagu,s the bittern (cf Welsh aderyn y bwn)
    Butt, a small cart
    Caffle, tangle
    Carthen, winnowing sheet
    Casn't, cannot
    Cassaddle, harness piece for a draught horse
    Cavey, humble
    Charnel, box-like space above the fireplace, often used for hanging bacon
    Clavvy/ Clevvy, large oak beam supporting the inner wall of a chimney
    Clever, fine (adj)
    Cliffage, tithe on quarried lime stone, payable to [the Lord of the Manor
    Cloam, earthenware
    Cratch, haystack
    Culm, small coal used in lime-burning
    Cust, could
    Cuzzening, coaxing
    Dab, a large stone used in playing duckstone
    Deal, a litter (of pigs)
    Dobbin, large mug
    Dowset, Gower dish, similar to whitepot
    Drangway, narrow lane or alleyway
    Drashel, a flail
    Dree, three
    Dreppance, three pence
    Drow, throw
    Dryth, dryness
    Dumbledarry, cockchafer
    Evil, a three pronged dung-fork
    Frawst / froist, a dainty meal; frightened/astonished
    Gake, yawn
    Galeeny, guinea-fowl
    Gambo, a cart; wagon
    Glaster, buttermilk in the churn
    Gloice, a sharp pang of pain
    Gurgins, coarse flour coarse flour
    Gwain, going
    Hambrack/hamrach, a straw horse-collar (cf rach)
    Herring-gutted, lean, skinny
    Holmes, holly
    Inklemake,r busy person
    Ipson, the quantity that can be held in a pair of cupped hands
    Ite, yet
    Jalap, liniment; laxative tonic
    Jorum, large helping of tea or beer
    Keek, to peep
    Keelage, foreshore berthing fee due to the Lord of the Manor
    Keeve, large barrel or vat
    Kerning, ripening; turning sour
    Kersey, cloth woven from fine wool
    Kittlebegs / kittybags, gaiters
    Kyling, sea fishing
    Lake, small stream or brook
    Lancher / lansher, greensward between holdings in a common field or viel
    Leery, empty
    Lello, a fool; a carefree lad
    Makth, makes
    Mapsant, local saint’s feast day celebrations
    Mawn, large wicker basket for animal feed
    Melted, broken up, disintegrated
    Mort, pigfat; lard
    Mucka, a rickyard
    Neargar, fargar nearer, farther
    Nestletrip / nesseltrip, smallest pig in a litter
    Nice, fastidious
    Nipparty / Noppit, perky
    Nummit / nommit, a simple lunch , eg of bread and soul, as might be sent to harvesters in the field
    Oakey, greased
    Oakwib, cockchafer
    Owlers, wool smugglers
    Pill, stream
    Pilmy, dusty
    Planche, to make a board floor (cf French plancher)
    Purty, to turn sulky
    Quapp, to throb
    Quat, to press or flatten
    Raal, real
    Rach, the last sheaf of corn to be harvested
    Reremouse, the bat (animal)
    Resiant, resident
    Riff, short wooden stick for sharpening a scythe
    Rining, mooching; scrounging
    Rying, fishing
    Scrabble, to gather up objects hastily
    Shoat, a small wheaten loaf
    Shrid, to trim a hedge
    Slade, land sloping towards the sea
    Soul, cheese or butter, as eaten with bread
    Spleet, (1) a knitting needle, (2) a quarryman’s bar
    Starved, perished with cold
    Stiping, hobbling a sheep by tying its head to its foreleg with a band of straw
    Tacker, a youngster
    Tite, to overturn
    Towser, a rough apron
    Uddent, wouldn’t
    Umman, woman
    Vair, a stoat or weasel
    Vather, father
    Vella, fellow
    Viel/Vile, a field, still used to describe the common field at Rhossili
    Vitte, clever or smart
    Vorrit, forehead
    V'rall, for all
    Vurriner, foreigner
    Want, a mole
    Weest, dismal
    Whirret, a slap
    Whitepot, a Gower delicacy of flour, milk & currants baked (cf Devon whitepot, a sort of bread-&-butter pudding)
    Wimbling, winnowing
    Witches, moths
    Yau, ewe
    Zig, urine
    Zive, scythe
    Zongals, corn gleanings
    Zul/sul, a plough
    Zz'thee knaw, do you know
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    Galeeny and Lello are from spanish!? Why is this? What is the comexion?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by María G View Post
    Galeeny and Lello are from spanish!? Why is this?
    Where does it say so?
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