White Flag -- "rythm", no vowel in

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at COX.NET
Tue Mar 20 03:10:28 UTC 2012

On 3/19/2012 6:54 PM, Dan Nussbaum wrote:
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> I've always thought the Welsh is, to a unilingual, as far away from
> English as it is possible to get and still use the Roman Alphabet.
> What about Turkish, Cro=C3=A4tion, Czech, Polish and Maltese?

Don't know about all of them, but some of them allow me every now and
again to make out a word's possible meaning, or think I can.  Welsh has
never made me think I could guess, unless I already knew the word already.

Asked cold, I probably would have come up with Cymru and Caerphilly (I
wonder if there are any clumsy folk there).  Interestingly, I discovered
just now when I went to check the spelling, Caerphilly is in the Rhymney
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