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‘Yr Wyddfa’ one of the words of 2021 says The Telegraph

27 Dec 2021 2 minute read
Yr Wyddfa. The image is released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.

The Telegraph newspaper has chosen Yr Wyddfa’ as one of its words of 2021 after calls were made to use the Welsh rather than the English name over the summer.

In June a 5,000 signature petition was presented to national park bosses asking for them to refer to the highest mountain in Wales only by its Welsh name.

The Telegraph newspaper in their article may however have misunderstood that yr Wyddfa is the original name for the mountain, writing that they were looking at “all the new terms coined over the past 12 months” and saying that the people of Wales wanted Snowdon officially “renamed Yr Wyddfa”.

The Snowdonia National Park Authority eventually kicked a motion calling for the peak to only be known as Yr Wyddfa into the long grass after authority chiefs instead set up an ongoing working group to consider its future policy on Welsh place names.

The calls, which would also have seen the park referred to as Eryri rather than Snowdonia, were prompted by Gwynedd councillor John Pughe Roberts who felt it would be “a real chance to make a statement on the need to protect our indigenous Welsh place names”.

Previous efforts have been made to drop the English forms including one from language pressure group Cymuned in 2003, who claimed that the area only became known as Snowdonia due to Victorian day-trippers.

The campaign received the unexpected backing of the Telegraph in April of this year, which said that the “Anglicising of Welsh places and landscapes is becoming endemic” and “driving a dagger through the heart of the language”.

The article finishes: “The motion in North Wales should be passed. The mountain is Welsh, the mountain range is ours, and Yr Wyddfa should be screamed from the rooftops.”

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
2 years ago

“the mountain range is ours” WTF?!?!?

Jack Bryn
Jack Bryn
2 years ago

Always recall meeting a ‘so-called’ journalist from The Daily Telegraph many years back. Upon hearing my accent they commented that they “quite liked the Principality” but thought that “the people are odd at times”. I responded with a history lesson on Colonialism, which they evidently didn’t know, and finished by saying that every nation on earth has some odd people, but they are the exception not the rule. The final comment from the journo was “Lan Tudno is nice, though” At that point, I walked away.

Argol Fawr
Argol Fawr
2 years ago

Shall we let everyone think they’re looking on at ‘Snowdon’ in the photo.

Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts
2 years ago
Reply to  Argol Fawr

‘The’ Y Lliwedd!

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