Help with Howl: Rugby, Welshisms and saucepans
hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Wed Mar 16 08:35:02 EST 2005
> What does "fly up the wing" mean, in Rugby?
Fly (i.e. run fast) up the wing (the side of the pitch - as in soccer).
Howl, I imagine is one of those rugby players built for speed rather than
brute strength. If you're not familiar with it, rugby bears a superficial
resemblance to American Football (though without the padding or the frequent
seminars). For a fuller explanation than you really want, see this page:
http://www.thisis-rugby.com/union/content/beginners_guide.html. There are
two kinds, incidentally, Rugby Union and Rugby League. Howl almost certainly
plays the former.
> Are the Welsh known to be particularly musical, or just the opposite?
> bemoans being born "an unmusical Welshman")
They are indeed known as a musical nation, with a particular reputation for
> Can someone elaborate on the origin of the phrase "welcome in the
It comes from a song, 'There'll be a welcome in the valleys...' etc. I can't
find the lyrics, but IIRC it's addressed not to visitors but to Welshpeople
who have had the misfortune to find themselves in other parts of the world,
and are suffering the effects of hiraeth (a particularly virulent form of
homesickness to which the Welsh are vulnerable). It assures them that they
will be welcomed back should they return.
> "Cariad" = dearest or darling in Welsh?
Yes. The kind of affectionate endearment a couple might use to each other,
or an adult to a young child.
> Is Howell a particularly Welsh name?
Exclusively so, I'd say. Hwyl would be the Welsh spelling, I think.
> I'm almost done translating and am now proofing and improving.
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