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"cylch bach"

Translation:a small circle

December 7, 2016



I wonder if this word for small is related to the word for boy ?


I hoped this is not implying that most boys are rather round


Yes, coming across fach once and then just being given a choice of 3, none of which was fach, did confuse me. So is bach the original?



Ap Geiriaduron is a good free dictionary app for checking things like that.


Yes - the point being that this and any good digital dictionary will cross-refer you to the base word, and show you the options if there are any. For example, if you look up fach it will immediately give you options of

fach (bach)
fach (mach)

Before digital dictionaries you had to be aware of what the possibilities were and then look them all up.

I felt the pain particularly as I came from a background of Gaelic and Irish where they use special spelling conventions so that as soon as you see a word you know what the base form and the mutation are.

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