"Dy feiro di"

Translation:Your pen

November 11, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/twilliams0731

Might be the wrong discussion to ask, but i am an American. Is this the word for the word PEN, or is this the Welsh-ized version of a "Biro"? I know it can be used in place of each other, but what if i want to talk about a Non-biro brand pen?

November 11, 2016

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The problem for Welsh is that the word 'pen' means head and so it needs another word for the English pen.

There are various options, a very posh word is the 'ysgrifbin' which is the word for the fountain or cartridge pen.

Since the 'biro' brand ballpoint was the original and for a while also in English, at least in the UK, was the usual word for a ballpoint pen it was adapted into Welsh as the word for a ballpoint pen.

November 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/twilliams0731

Great answer, diolch!

November 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/keentospeak

Hmm... Dy feiro di" and Dy feiro du"... anyone else caught out?

November 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/kittenbubb1

This keeps getting me too!

June 4, 2017
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