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heleninwales
heleninwales
Not doing very much at all
Just hanging out with daughter and granddaughter this weekend. We saw the new minions film last night which was fun. A is just collecting E from judo and then we're taking a picnic to the beach where we will meet son and family.


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blitheringpooks From: blitheringpooks Date: June 29th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Helen, I've followed your LJ and photographs for years but rarely said anything. Now I'm being horribly impolite and asking you a question, so feel free to ignore. I'm wondering if there's an old fashioned Welsh term used respectfully for an old woman in a community. Granny Jones or the equivalent, only Welsh? Yes, this is research, and again if I'm being too bold, just ignore. Thank you!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 30th, 2015 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
You are not being impolite at all! :) Bearing in mind that I am not a native Welsh speaker and wasn't actually brought up in Wales, I can't think of anything equivalent to the honorary "Granny Jones" of your example. If anything, people tend to be more formal with the elderly, unless they are actually a relation, in which case it would be "Nain" (Welsh for granny) or "Anti" plus first name (the proper Welsh word for aunt is "modryb", but you tend to hear "Anti" a lot, eg Anti Carys.

The part of Wales that might have the sort of thing you refer to is South Wales, round Swansea and Cardiff. South Walians are far more extrovert and less formal than North Walians. This formality can be mistaken for coldness in the north, but it's just that people up here are a little more wary and it takes longer to get to know them. Unfortunately I don't know South Wales well enough to know whether there is a respectful term of endearment for old women.

Sorry to not be more helpful but I hope that what I've said might give you some clues to help with further research.
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