Welsh humour and idiom

Welsh Humour

Here is our collection of amusing Welsh jokes, stories and wit.

Hollywood Remakes of Welsh Films

Ever since Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones became established in Hollywood, the Welsh film industry is to receive additional funding to step up production.  News sent in by Mike James. Hollywood are going to remake many well known films, but this time with a Welsh flavour. The following are planned for release next year:
  • An American Werewolf in Powys
  • The Magnificent SevernWelsh Books
  • The Wizard of Oswestry
  • Trefforest Gump
  • Dai Hard
  • Cool Hand Look-you
  • Dial M For Merthyr
  • Haverfordwest Was Won
  • Independence Dai
  • Seven Brides from Seven Sisters
  • Welsh Connection
  • Welsh Connection II
  • The Bridge on the River Wye
  • Lawrence of Llandybie
  • The Welsh Patient
  • Breakfast at Taffynys
  • Look You Back in Bangor
  • Evans Can Wait
  • A Fishguard Called Rhondda
  • Where Eagles Aberdare
Everybody tells jokes, but we still need comedians. Jimmy Wales

Cinema-goers - Urban MythWelsh Humour

A family of 6 have been found frozen to death outside the Cardiff Odeon in Queens Street.  It seems that they had been queuing for two days hoping to see "Closed for the winter"

Extra Cymru Film Titles from Kerry Jones

  • Reservoir Sheepdogs
  • The Taming of the Shrewsbury
  • One Flew Over The Lambing Shed
  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Rarebits
  • The Longest Dai
  • A Bridgend Too Far
  • Don't Look-you Now
  • A Taste of Lava bread

Please contact the Welsh Assembly for actual dates of release and for literal translations where needed.

Dialects Welsh and EbonicsWelsh Bouncer

Concern of Dialects is growing.  Basically people want to preserve them. Here are three arbitrary concerns.  In the United Kingdom Cornish has died out as a spoken language.  There are proposals to teach the Norfolk dialect in Schools.  The Scots bemoan the loss of many of their idiosyncrasies. Even standard English has huge potential for puns, jokes and play's upon words.   However when you add dialects the fun multiplies.  The danger is that people will be offended, so to show we have no malice, I will start with poking fun at my fellow countrymen - the Welsh.

Welsh - Cymru

If you listen to the Welsh language, then you realise it's a sing song and lyrical language, unafraid to add extra words, and this explains some of the idiosyncrasies when Welshmen and Welsh women speak English. Do The Welsh have a strange use of the verb 'do'.  It is gratuitously inserted into sentences.  For example; He do go to the chapel. The best translation of 'do' in the above sentence is 'went' meaning the past tense, however the charm of this simple verb 'do', is that it could equally well mean the future tense.  A further point any Welshman speaking this sentence would drop the first haich.  So they would say: 'e do go to the chapel on Sunday.  This could mean that he went last Sunday, or will be going next Sunday. By here or by there It is inexplicable why Welshmen make such great use of the proposition 'by'. I once heard a woman say to a child.' Come from by there to by here - or I'll take you home lost'.

Another Example of Welsh Speak

Example of Welsh Speak The above sign was posted outside the new Merthyr Town Hall to be opened by the Prince of Wales.

More Examples of Welsh Humour

Cardi Humour

A visitor to Newquay, a Cardigan seaside resort, asked the shopkeeper: "Please can I have a toothbrush". The shopkeeper replied, "I'm sorry, but our summer novelties haven't come in yet."

Cardi Nearly Buys a Drink

A Scotsman called Angus and a Cardi called Dylan met in a Glasgow bus station, both were broke and both were thirsty. The Scotsman had an idea for getting a free beer: 'I know a barmaid in a pub near here who has got a very bad memory.  If you get her involved in a conversation she can't remember whether you've paid or not.  Let me try it on first.' Angus went into the pub, chatted to the barmaid, and duly got his free drink.  Now it was the Cardi's turn to try.  Dylan sauntered up to the bar, ordered his pint and began to tell the barmaid all about life in Wales.  Ten minutes later he drained his glass and said to the barmaid.  'Well, it's been lovely talking to you but I've got to be off now.  What about my change?' Footnote Item on a standard hotel bill in Cardiganshire : Wear and tear of mirror - 20 pence.

Two Definitions of a Welsh Cardi:

  1. "A Scotsman robbed of his generosity."
  2. "A man who can buy an item from a Jew, sell it to a Scotsman, and make a profit."

Real Welsh Comedians and Comic ActorsExample of Welsh Speak

In addition to the actors Anthony Hopkins and Katherine Zeta Jones, Wales has a fine collection of comedians.
  • Tommy Cooper was born in Caerphilly and you can see his statue in the town centre.
  • Griff Rhys Jones.  (Of Smith and Jones fame).
  • Rob Brydon (Marion and Geoff).
  • Max Boyce 1970's folk singer / comedian.

The Road to Perdition Example of Welsh Speak

The Reverend Huw Jones, a Minister from Wales, was travelling home one night and was greatly annoyed when a young man, much the worse for drink, came and sat next to him on the bus. 'Young man,' the Minister, declared in a rather pompous tone, 'do you not realise you are on the road to perdition?' 'Oh, hell and botheration', retorted the drunkard, 'I could have sworn this bus went to Llanelli.'

Methodist Minister at the Post Office

I just met the Reverend Lewis at the Pontypool post office, he was buying stamps for his Christmas cards. I overheard him saying to Gladys the post mistress, "I would like 50 of your Christmas stamps, please." "Certainly," Gladys replied, "What denomination would you like?" "Dew, dew" The Reverend exclaimed, "What has the world come to. OK, please give me 6 Wesleyan, 15 Presbyterian, 28 Lutheran, and 1 Galvanised for that Calvinist Methodist in Newquay."

Message Lost in TranslationLost in translation - I am out of the office at the momemt

English No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only.
Welsh Translation I am out of the office at the moment.
How the Message Got Lost in Translation The council staff in Swansea, Wales, UK needed a translation, so they emailed a translator.  Unfortunately, he was not available, instead the email triggered an automatic response, which read in Welsh: I am out of the office at the moment Sadly the council staff were not Welsh speaking, and believed that the automatic response was the actual translation of the message.

Gareth is Shipwrecked

Gareth James, a Welshman, was shipwrecked and managed to survive, he was marooned on a desert island.  A passing ship picked him up some seven years later and the crew were amazed to find his little island covered in fine buildings that Gareth had constructed all by himself. With pride Gareth took the Captain round the island and pointed out to him his house, workshop, electricity generator and two chapels. 'But what do you need the second chapel for?' demanded the perplexed captain. 'Come on, boyo,' smiled Gareth impishly, 'that's the chapel I don't go to.'

English Tourists in Cardigan, Wales

George, an English visitor to the small Welsh town of Aberaeron, Cardiganshire, was approached by one of the deacons of the local chapel who asked him whether he would like to attend their chapel on the following Sunday. 'Wouldn't that be a little pointless?' replied George politely, 'After all, your services are held in Welsh and I don't understand the language.' 'Ah yes, boyo,' answered the deacon, 'but the collection is in English.'

Films That Did Not Make the 'A' list

  • The Eagle has Llandudno
  • 9½ Leeks
  • Cwmando
  • The King and Mair
  • Sheepless in Seattle
  • The Lost Boyos
  • Huw Dares Gwyneth
  • Austin Powys
  • A Beautiful Mind-you
  • The Magic Rhonddabout

Wives - More Welsh Humour

Three men, Lee, Georgio and Dai married wives from different countries. The first man, Lee, married a woman from China.  He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning.  It took a couple of days, but on the third day, Lee came home to see a clean house and all dishes washed and put away neatly. The second man, Georgio, married a woman from Italy.  He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day Georgio saw it was slightly better.  By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done and there was a huge dinner on the table. The third man, Dai, married a Welsh girl.  He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal. Dai said the first day he didn't see anything. The second day he still didn't see anything. But by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye, and his arm was healed enough that Dai could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher. Footnote: This item was kindly send by John Collin, please send us your examples of distinctive Welsh humour.

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