Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 13:06:49 +0000
From: Aaron Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LING.ED.AC.UK
Subject: Re: Taffy
On Tue, 9 Dec 1997, Roger Smith wrote:
}Taffy is not a derogatory term for a Welsh boy - it's a generic term,
}just as Jock is for a Scotsman, Yank is for an American, and Limey is
}for an Englishman.
Well, it was a Welshman's interpretation that I sent, and he takes
it as derogatory. Perhpas derogatory is a bit strong, because "Yank" and
"Limey" are certainly not positive words, but not derogatory. If there is
going to be contempt when one refers to these nationalities, these would
be the words used (along with other ones, to be sure).
}To welsh (not welch) a bet is to renege on it; to refuse to pay up.
I believe that was clarified in previous posts. I guess, though,
one has to be a gambler to be aware of the phrase. All I was doing was
trying to get a Welshman's opinion/interpretation of the words, since
there seem to be so few signed up on this list. One student's
interpretation isn't Gospel, but I'd say his intuition is slightly more
informed than, say, all of us Yanks talking here. :)
Aaron E. Drews http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron
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