pili palas

some pretty things in welsh ✨

enfys(au) - rainbow(s)
gliter - glitter
pili pala / glöyn byw / iâr fach yr haf - butterfly
cwmwl (cymylau) - cloud(s)
blodyn (blodau) - flower(s) 
cadwyn llygaid y dydd - daisy chain
llwyn rhosyn - rosebush
liliwen (fach) - white lily
sidan - silk
cacen cwpan / cupcake - cupcake (I’ve given the literal translation here but most people would just use the word “cupcake” in all honesty)
gwenynen (gwenyn) - bee(s)
cragen y môr - seashell
breichled tlysau - charm bracelet
tylluan / gwdihŵ - owl
mwclis - necklace
beic- bicycle
seren (sêr) - star(s)
y môr(oedd) - the sea(s)
traeth - beach
cefnfor - ocean
lleuad / lloer - moon
codiad yr haul / y wawr - sunrise
machlud yr haul - sunset
gyda’r nos - twilight
ungorn - a unicorn 

and for some typically welsh things…
tylwyth(au) teg - fairy (fairies)
tywysog(es) - prince(ss)
brenin / brenhines - king / queen
teyrnas(au) - kingdom(s)
chwedl(au) - legend(s), myth(s)
hud a lledrith - magic
dewin(au) - wizard(s)
gwrach(od) - witch(es)

Inspired by @frenchaise‘s some pretty things in french ✨ vocab list and @languagesandme‘s  some pretty things in turkish ✨ vocab list

Welsh Fact #1

I feel that people need more facts about the Welsh language to brighten their lives. (Welsh is awesome, by the way, and you should learn it.)

So, here’s fact number one.

There are a number of words for “butterfly” in Welsh. Amongst them are “pili pala” (apparently from the same root as French “papillon”, formed by reduplication), “iâr fach yr haf” (“little hen of summer”) and “glöyn byw” (“burning coal”, or literally “live coal”).

Poetic, no?

juicewzl  asked:

A tumblr post claimed the welsh call Microwaves "Popty ping." Can you confirm or deny this? It's for science.

I fear that I must deny this!

‘Popty ping’ literally means ‘oven which goes ping’, and it’s sort of an urban myth that it’s the official Welsh word for ‘microwave’. It’s a bit of a joke word, kind of like saying that the official English word for ‘alcoholic beverage’ is ‘tipple’, or that the word we all use in English for ‘friend’ is ‘ol’ buddy ol’ pal ol’ chum’. Saying ‘popty ping’ seriously in conversation with a Welsh person would earn you an eye roll and a weary sigh.

Unfortunately, the Welsh word for ‘microwave’ is ‘meicrodon’, which isn’t quite as funny, but does make me think of a tiny mafia boss.

However, there are some very funny Welsh words and phrases:

  • pili-pala - butterfly
  • smwddio - to iron (literally pronounced ‘smoothio’)
  • pysgod wibli wobli - jellyfish (this is another one like popty ping, in that it’s not wrong per se, but it’s not used in common parlance; more as a joke. It literally means ‘wibbly wobbly fish’)
  • sboncen - squash (as in the game, not the act of crushing something like a tyrant)
  • igam ogam - to walk a bit funny, like when you’re drunk or giddy 
  • cerdded ling-di-long - to walk slowly, to meander (’cerdded’ is ‘to walk’)
  • ‘sgod a sglod - fish and chips (’fish’ in Welsh is ‘pysgod’, and ‘chips’ is ‘sglodion’, so the two words are shortened to create an adorable rhyming phrase)

And we have some bloody phenomenal idiomatic phrases, too:

  • rhoi’r ffidil yn y to - to give up (literally ‘to put the fiddle in the roof’)
  • siarad fel hen het - to gossip (literally ‘to talk like an old hat’)
  • paid â chodi’r pais ar ôl piso - the equivalent of ‘don’t cry over spilt milk’ (literally ‘don’t lift the petticoat after you’ve pissed’)
  • bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn - raining heavily (literally ‘raining old women and sticks’)
  • fel rhech mewn pot jam - useless (literally ‘like a fart in a jam pot’ - this one is a fairly modern one, obviously!)
  • a ddwg ŵy a ddwg fwy - the equivalent of ‘a leopard never changes its spots’ (literally ‘if he steals one egg, he’ll steal more’)
  • tynnu nyth cacwn ar fy mhen - to cause trouble for yourself (literally ‘pulling a wasps’ nest on my head’)
  • tynnu blewyn o'i drwyn - to upset / annoy someone (literally ‘pull a hair from his nose’)
  • berwi fel cawl pys - to be angry (literally ‘boiling like pea soup’)
  • heb ei fai, heb ei eni - no-one is perfect (literally ‘without flaws, without birth’ / ‘if you have no flaws, you’re not born’)

So, don’t worry. ‘Popty ping’ might be a bit of an urban legend, but you can totally have an absolutely great time shouting at a butterfly to give up on the ironing and meander to the chip shop in the rain.

(Which would be - give or take a few grammatical nuances, as my Welsh grammar is incredibly rusty - ‘hei, pili-pala, pam ydych chi’n dal i smwddio? Dylech chi roi'r ffidil yn y to a cherdded ling-di-long i’r ‘sgod a sglod, er ei bod hi’n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn!’)

Disclaimer, because all of these posts get the same response:

  1. I’m not a fluent Welsh speaker. I speak it conversationally most days, but I seldom write it, which means that my grammar is not A+ fab. Maybe C+. Apol for all the errors.
  2. Pls no comments along the lines of ‘omg wtf welsh is ridic lol’ because Welsh is very important and lovely and has been wronged terribly throughout history and almost eradicated by people who think it’s pointless, and I feel very protective of it.
  3. WELSH HAS MORE VOWELS THAN ENGLISH

alltherandomnessicanfind  asked:

Hi. I was wondering if you could build an Experiment Kraj deck. Your decklists are some of the most informative I've found on my various scourings of the internet. Thank you regardless. And I love your blog. :)

I was about to link you to a Kraj list from my deck archive when I discovered that I’ve never actually done a Kraj list. Color me surprised.

The goal of an Experiment Kraj deck is to get two synergistic activated abilities onto Kraj at the same time, usually an ability that generates mana and an ability that requires mana to untap Kraj. Once you have those two together, you’ll have access to infinite mana and a bunch of infinite/infinite creatures (from using Kraj’s counter ability over and over). At that point, it shouldn’t be hard to win.

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suburbancelestia  asked:

I heard that my friend can make infinite permanent destruction with Pili-Pala, Grand Artificer, Reaper King (commander) and Deadeye Navigator, how does he do it?

This one is a little complicated, but it works.

  • Make Pili-Pala blue with Grand Architect
  • Tap it to add 2 to your mana pool
  • Use that 2 to untap Pili-Pala, making 1 blue mana.
  • Repeat an infinite number of times, netting one blue mana every time. This creates infinite blue mana.
  • Play Deadeye Navigator and Soulbond it with Pili-Pala
  • Use Deadeye Navigator to blink Pili-Pala. When Pili-Pala enters the battlefield, it will trigger Reaper King’s ability to destroy a permanent. Also when it enters, re-Soulbond it to the Navigator
  • Repeat an infinite number of times with your infinite mana from the previous combo
  • Kill EVERYTHING.

I hope that helps! Questions, anyone?