I posted the quote by Lembit Opic in my last post partly because of my ongoing preoccupation with freedom of speech. He actually made the statement referring to a specific story recently in the news. The story is another illustration of the common, but erroneous, view that some people have that they have a right not to be offended.
The offence was caused when Roger Lewis, a Welsh author wrote a piece in which he quoted Kingsley Amis, who had made derogatory remarks about the Welsh language. The remarks were read by Jonathan Edwards, a Welsh MP, who reacted in a manner that can only be described as hysterically excessive, reporting Mr Lewis to the Home Secretary, the Press Complaints Commission, and the Police.
Fortunately most Welsh have seen Mr Edwards for the pompous arrogant oversensitive little twat that he is and seem to be unimpressed with his outburst.
So what was said that drove Mr Edwards to such self indulgent spluttering. The offending phrase was that Welsh was, "an appalling and moribund monkey language, which hasn't had a new noun since the Middle Ages" The first half of the statement is pure opinion, but the point about nouns is testable and I have done a little brief research. From what I have found it looks as if Kingsley Amis had a point. I simply looked up the Welsh equivalents for a few modern words, and I am going to illustrate with just three examples, though I found more.
Hmmmmmm...... That’s not a language. That’s Dyslexia that is.