On a recent trip to Wales I learnt what a 'cawl' was. What about other Celtic/Gaelic words, (that is, assuming they are not local dialect, and if they are, how would I know?).
In an old fashioned tea room, there on the board as a specialty of the day, under the heading SOUPS, was lamb 'cawl'. Here you have to imagine a lovely South Wales 'sing-a-song' cadence, if you can. I had to ask what 'cawl' meant. And the answer, "Well....yes...some people call it a stew and others say it is a broth...that's what it is".
I cannot think of a similar word for this sort of nourishment in my part of the country, Scotland. A soup is a soup, a broth is a broth. Broths I have had, usually include some sort of beans or barley, to make the bowly o' soup thick 'n more fillin' . Both would have either a meat based stock and bits of meat in them, or the soup, may, these days, be based on a vegetable stock. A stew without meat, would, it seems to me, be a version of a rustic minestrone.
On a meander around our small town this week I noticed an advert for a 'Blas' . Could this be the equivalent of the Welsh 'Blysh' I stumbled upon - pronounced like blush - when I visited Wales. What is a 'Blysh' ? I asked the organisers, they shook their heads; I asked a native Welsh speaker from the North of Wales, she did not know. She explained that there were some differences in Welsh vocabulary between the north and the south, though, on reflection she thought it was possibly a made up word.
The first thing to know is that Blas is masculine. There are eight meanings attributed to the word, two of the spellings should be accented; where, is not clear, however, I presume, the accent would affect the one vowel in the middle of Blás...like so. You could have hours of vocal fun playing with a grave accent or an acute one.
Okay, back to Blas and Blysh. I am assuming of the eight possibilities with the Scottish/Gaelic 'blas', the meaning for the advertisement in town, is that there is an experience being announced. It would neatly match what I saw and heard at the Welsh Blysh, (coined word or not). It was an experience, it was the title of a festival of performing arts. My hunch tells me that is what the upcoming blas is likely to be.
Cawl, Blysh and Blas seem to have at least one thing in common, they all appear to provide different kinds of nourishment to the body and the mind.
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