Kernewek in Cornish English

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Post by Kattell » Tue Jan 11, 2005 1:54 pm

The word "moryon" is Cornish for ant. There are many words that must have been passed down the centuries in families that derive from Cornish for example "stank" means heavy footfall, "heller" is a wild natured individual (she's a heller) and the very common word "Teasy" I think comes from the Cornish word "tesek" which means irritable.
I'm sure there are loads more, I'll have a think. :)

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Post by Sterenn » Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:50 am

Quilkin for frog Kernewek = kwilkin
Padgy-paw for lizard = peswar paw
Skat (meaning hit or beat)
The American expression 'mosey' may even be from the Cornish 'mos' meaning to go. It could have gone to America and back again. I know it is also used in west Cornwall

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Post by Lyskerrys » Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:41 pm

chris_l, yes emmet means ant - but it's from anglo-saxon! :(

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