50 Shades of Welsh


50 things that make us Welsh 

1. We call microwaves Popty ping. However it is not the Welsh word for microwave. Popty means oven, ping is the sound a microwave makes – it’s a joke! The actual word for microwave is meicrodon

2. Phrases that only make sense in Wales ... 'Tidy darts', 'I am tamping', and 'Where you to?'

3. To meet anyone new in England results in the same questions:

“Say something in Welsh.”

 “Can you say the long place name?”

(They mean Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch)

“You don’t have wifi and indoor toilets there do you?”

4. A “cwtch” (rhymes with “butch”) is a Welsh word for a cuddle. Everyone can cuddle but only the Welsh can cwtch!

5. If you stick chips in a roll it’s a chip butty

6. 'I’ll be there now in a minute' is an undefined length of time

7. 'Who's coat is that jacket'? Is genuinely not meant to confuse and makes perfect sense

8. Welsh cakes have to be eaten on St David’s day. That’s the law

9. Daps are things you wear on your feet, and pop is something you drink

10. The phrase 'I'm not being funny' suggests that something very serious is coming

11. Over by’there - this is an undefined distance

12. Year, ear and here all sound the same

13. Tidy is not clean or neat it means ‘good’

14. Buzzin’ doesn't mean happy or pleased - it’s the same as hanging, which means ugly

15. You’re only called 'good boy' if you’ve done something bad. ‘Now you listen here good boy...’

16. Ridiculous is pronounced like this - ree – dic – luss

17. Hearing a welsh voice abroad is reason enough to talk to that person, or seeing a Welsh top

18. Everyone knows a quote from Twin Town

19. Everyone in Wales is either related in some tenuous way to Tom Jones or Catherine Zeta Jones or has a story of how they know them

20. You have to spell your address to the call centre

21. Getting a mobile signal is still difficult

22. We do have indoor plumbing and do not use outdoor toilets

23. We have the best flag full stop. It’s got a dragon on it

    24. Never, ever pronounce a 'g' on the end of a word. For example: Singin', dancin', and preferably don't use an 'H' at the  beginning of words like 'angin' (hanging)

25. You used to wear a daffodil or leek on your jumper at school – and if you wore a leek you’d probably eat half of it before dinner

26. Half and half with a curry - chips and rice! We can't believe this is only a welsh thing

27. Dinner happens at lunchtime

28. Tea happens at dinner time

29. 'What it is' means a long conversation ahead

30. Explaining to your friends that no, S4C isn’t what you watch instead of ITV back home

31. Stinkin' doesn't mean smelly it means dirty

32. Listen to English people pronounce Welsh words is always funny

33. Welsh terms of endearment: Mush, butt, love, cariad, bach, son, boy, and bint.

34. You get weird looks when you have conversations with bus drivers

35. All bus drivers and taxi drivers are called ‘Drive.’

36. Holiday drinking starts at the airport even if it’s 6am

37. Laver bread is technically Welsh sushi

38. Being a rugby fan isn't optional

39. We’ve all been to school trips at St Fagans or Big Pit

40. At some point you were forced in to seeing an Eisteddfod

41. We don't mind a bit of rain

42. We will always support who ever is playing against England

43. We all know our National Anthem – and it’s obligatory to sing it out loud at the pub or at home before any international

44. We can take a joke about sheep but don't mock the rugby team

45. It's fine to dance to ANY Tom Jones song

46. Ed sheeran and his castle on the hill has nothing on us. We have a castle on every hill

47. Everyone knows a Dai

48. Shorts in the winter is a thing. Also it’s acceptable to wear a t shirt if the suns out, even if it’s below 10c

49. Rissoles are life! These are available from any chippy in South Wales, but largely unknown elsewhere.

50. We spend most of our time abroad explaining that we're not English, and Wales is not IN England. 


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