Accosted, as in "He came on to me to tell me he found it."
Gossip, often malicious in nature
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Can't abide/Can't stomach/Carn Abear
Unable to put up with, as in "I can't abide/can't stomach/carn abear it when they show people having operations on the telly."
Can't miss him/her
Cannot possible mistake him/her for someone else; "You can't miss him - he's the one behind the counter - with a little twsh... "
Expected of you; "You can have a lie on in the morning, 'cos there's nothing calling you is there?"
Welsh word for a pace or stride; this word was used in the gane of "catty and doggy" when the striker nominated the number of strides required to pace out the distance back to the 'dab'. Locally it was always pronounced like 'calm'..
Cap (keep straight)
Keeping someone contented, as in "We'll afto do as 'e' says - better keep 'is cap straight."
Cap it all
On top of everything; "... and then to cap it all, after all the fuss we had, the car wouldn't start!"
Wenglish for can't
Carry, as in "After buying 'eaps of things, we atto cart it all back to the car-park."
Comical person; "We do 'ave some fun with all 'is yarns and antics - 'e's a real case that one!"
A terrible mess, as in "When them kids 'ad finished play(ing) with theyer toys, it was all cawl cabbage in there!"
Chalk (missed a...)
Failed to take a chance; "He had every chance to get it but he missed a chalk there!"
Change (caught on the...)
A favourite expression of days gone by... "She's just had another baby and she's well into her forties - caught on the change, poor dab... "
Arrogant, boastful; "He's full of himself - a real chesty one"
To claim a close acquaintanceship (often spuriously or humorously) as in "... know 'im well I do - 'is mother used to chew bread for ouer ducks..."
Wenglish for 'choir'
So moved as to be unable to speak; "When they gave him his farewell present, he was proper choked... "
Put in his/her place; "She didn't get anywhere trying to push that rubbish off on me - I soon choked her off!"
Talking a great deal 'all over the place', earning a reputation for being "a chopsy one".
With no respite from pain; "I was off all night with chronic ear-ache."
Pronounced 'kiff', not very well, as in "I thought he was over that bout a sickness, but he don't seem very ciff this morning."
in Complaint (in medical sense) "He's always got some complaint or other - there's some cilbwt/cnec with him all the time!"
As with the two previous words, from the original welsh, this time to mean 'carrying tales about others'A person who made a habit of this was called a 'cleckerbox'
Clothing, belongings, as in "You are never taking all that clobber? Just for the weekend?"
Rough pieces of grass with earth attached. Aiming these at others is a fondly-remembered boyhood activity.
Heavy, clumsy boots and shoes
Behaving disdainfully; "... putting tidy food for them and all they do is cock their noses at it - Well I won't stand for it!"
(a) to catch the ball in children's games. (b) a knot in ones hair.
Come up a treat
To improve the look of; "This table do come up a treat with a bit of polish."
To get better; "He's been real bard and under the doctor frages, but I think he'll come now."
Coming/ No coming better
To fail to improve in health; "Poor dab, they've tried everything for his complaint, but there's no coming to him."
Compliance (out of... )
Having lost entitlement; "He's been on the sick so long, he's out of compliance for sick pay now."
Wenglish for a lengthy discussion
Awkward, uncooperative; "She's proper contrary, she is - if you only so much as say good morning, she'd argue!"
Wenglish for 'comb'
To squat or crouch.
c.f. twti-down, cwat/quat
(a) value as in "I thought I had a real bargain, but there's not much cop in this... "
(b) Catch, or get, as in "You'll cop it from your father when he gets home!"
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Trouser flies; seemingly a derivation from cod-piece.
Wenglish for string; "Have you got some cord for me to do up this parcel?"
Costa del Hi-ya Butt
A 'tongue-in-cheek' name for Trecco Bay, Porthcawl. It stems from the reputed fact that so many locals used to take holidays there, that one was sure to meet many friends and neighbours.
Rarely meaning two in local useage, more usually a small quanity as in "Let me have a couple of them apples please?"
Embarked upon a serious relationship with marriage in mind; "'E've 'ad a few girlfriends, but 'im an' that girl 'e's got now are courtin' strong!"
A term to denote the actual, or self styled, local gentry.
Irritable; "That kid is craxy - he kept us up all night!"
Going on about, as in "Last week she was keeping(g) on about 'er shoes - this week, she's creatin(g) about that frock I got 'er."
Believe, as in "You wouldn't credit what he called her altogether - gave her the length of his tongue he did!"
Wenglish word meaning 'complain'; "He's always cribbing about something or other - there's no pleasing him!"
Crot of a boy
A young lad, from the Welsh 'crotyn', 'crwtyn' or 'crwt', all words for 'lad
Difficult to live with, pernickitty; "The trouble now is, he's getting old and crotchetty."
Wenglish word for 'can; "You cun usually find 'im in the club."
Wenglish for 'upset', 'distressed'; "Really cut up he was when he heard about what happened to those kids!"
Crafty, cunning;"... oh 'e's cute awright - no flies on 'im!"
To hide, conceal
A much loved and much used local word having a number of uses:
(a) The coal cwtch, or the cwtch under the stairs/cwtch dan star - a storage place: derived from the Welsh 'cwt'.
(b) To keep concealed; "Keep that cwtched by there now - don't want anybody to see it... "
(c) Lie down, as in the order to a dog - "Go (and find your) cwtch!"
(d) To be fondled and snuggled up in an especially loving way "Cwtch up to your mam now". A child nursed "Welsh fashion is well and truly being 'cwtched'
(e) To warn off (now seemingly obsolete in local usage); "Bar cwtch, bar cwtch, don't come to my cwtch" A warning issued by children to others when out blackberry picking.
Cwtyn a saint
A surviving Welsh expression meaning a dreadfully untidy mess; "Look at the state of this place - it's like cwtyn y saint!".
A devil; another surviving Welsh word.