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01 March 2016 @ 05:00 pm
Dydd Dewi Sant Hapus I Chi  
Backdating this because I completely forgot that yesterday was March 1, and therefore Saint David's Day. Frankly, I still thought it was February. :O

Happy Saint David's Day!

elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on March 2nd, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
Your majesty says very true: if your majesties is
remembered of it, the Welshmen did good service in a
garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their
Monmouth caps; which, your majesty know, to this
hour is an honourable badge of the service; and I do
believe your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek
upon Saint Tavy's day.

Henry V, scene VII

Are you wearing your leek in your cap today (yesterday?)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Welshhalfshellvenus on March 2nd, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
I actually don't care for leeks, as they are part of the onion family!

Funny, I've heard those lines before, but not seen them written. I wonder what Shakespear thought he was hearing, with Tavy? "Dafydd", which sounds like "davith"?

I do find it interesting that the Welsh call St. David "Dewi Sant". Dewi is the nickname, like saying "Saint Davy." Which seems awfully informal for a saint, but might say something about the culture!

Edited at 2016-03-02 08:18 pm (UTC)
elrhiarhodanelrhiarhodan on March 2nd, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
It is custom for the Welsh - the principle observers of St. David's Day - to wear leeks in their caps.

And Shakespeare mangled written Welsh - or we see it as mangling. Fuellen is the speaker's name, but should certainly have been Llewyelln. And Dafydd is often pronounced as Davy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Welshhalfshellvenus on March 2nd, 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)
It's that aspirate double-l. It confuses SO many people, and they usually think they're hearing an "fl" sound.

I used to work with somone whose Dad was one of a set of twins named Lloyd and Floyd.

Not realizing that those are essentially the same name! Floyd is just a misheard version of Lloyd.

It's funny-- people complain so much about Welsh, but the spelling vs. pronunciation is really straightforward. There are no silent letters-- unlike Gaelic!

My family hasn't been in Wales since a great-grandparent (one from each side). But it's most of my heritage, and my Mom used to host St. David's Day parties. With leek soup, lamb pasties with leek. I.e., totally inedible stuff in my book. ;)