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Tawelwch / Quiet
17/52 for the group 2014 weekly alphabet challenge

This week's subject was: Q is for Quiet

The college is quiet in both senses of the word at the moment because it's still closed for the Easter holidays. However, some staff and students were going in during the holiday, including me. There are lots of project and assignment deadlines looming and work has to be handed in after the holidays, so there was a bit of last minute panicking.

The sign requesting silence is due to exams being held in the hall both before and after Easter.

Tawelwch / Quiet

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del_c From: del_c Date: April 27th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm often confused by Welsh-English bilingual signs, wondering whether this is a hall called "Neuadd Hall", or whether it's a hall, called "neuadd" in Welsh.

(the latter, I gather from Google)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 27th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is just the word "hall" twice, once in Welsh and once in English. Though of course if I should ever have a hall named after me, it would be "Neuadd Hall", meaning the "Hall Hall", like the "Albert Hall" only more repetitive. :)

(Note: Welsh uses noun adjective like French and many other languages rather than adjective noun like English.)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: April 28th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Tawelwch sounds like a hard word to hiss...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 29th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not as good as "sssssilensssss!" but you can get a different sort of hiss on the "wch" ending. Though it might sound a bit like a death rattle! :)
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: April 28th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't the 'wch' on the end of a word a command rather than a statement?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 29th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Tawelwch" is indeed a command. The English word is actually ambiguous and so the reader has to decide whether the sign is a statement that the place is silent or whether it's a command to "Be quiet!"
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