Welsh edit

Etymology edit

From u (i) +‎ cwpan (cup) i.e. "cup(-shaped) u".

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

u gwpan f (plural uau cwpan)

  1. (South Wales) The name of the Latin-script letter U/u.
    Synonyms: u, u bedol

Usage notes edit

Used especially by those from south Wales, where both ⟨i⟩ and ⟨u⟩ are pronounced the same (as /ɪ, iː/), in order to distinguish between these letters in spelling.

Mutation edit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
u gwpan unchanged unchanged hu gwpan
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

See also edit

References edit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “u gwpan”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies