Saturday, June 10, 2006
Cornish for beginners
I was just wondering how to explain the inticacies of the Cornish dialect when the MD handed me his 'Touring Team Language Guide'.
Big Fecker has played rugby since he was six and touring sides have often had trouble with the terms used by supporters on the line. The MD cleverly made this guide to aid understanding of our rich and varied idiolect (maybe idiot-lec!).
Please remember that the best way to insult a Cornishman is to associate the Cornish accent with anything south of Bristol - not so!
Please note that to speak properly the following words and phrases must be spoken at the speed of light.
Gottunavee........Are you in possession of the ball?
Getthebuggerowt.......that chap is offside, kindly remove him from the ruck.
Knawimdoee.....Do you know who that fellow is?
Passenowt...Please pass the ball
Givusunere......May I have the ball please?
Givunasmack/smackgotoee.....It is time to inflict retribution for a previous transgression.
Avimboy...Inflict a hard challenge on that fellow
Bringundown......Tackle that chap to the ground
Gettunlow...It may be prudent to tackle that fellow around the legs
Whatthehellareeedoinof.....I fear you are not playing to your full potential
Blindaree.....It would appear that you were unable to see that incident referee.
The club motto is in the Cornish Language, which about five people speak.
An Gwary Ha Tra Nahen .....The Game and Nothing Else