Friday, April 17, 2020

Do You Know the words of Crwth and Cwtch?

Crwth, an ancient Celtic instrument

May we find words without vowel in English? Yes, we could use Merriam-Webster, Urban Dictionary, Thesaurus and Collin English Dictionary to search its.

It is believed that at least two words with 5 letters have no vowels:
- Crwth
- Cwtch

Crwth is spelled “crouth,” in which “w” is changed or pronounced to vowels of “ou.” It was stringed music instrument resembles to “violin.”

The instrument was invented about 11th century, then modified in 13th century. It was played through 1800’s. However, in modern time, some parts of England still use “crwth” word to refer to “violin.”

Then, the word “cwtch” is pronounced “kutch.” In this case, “c” read as “k” and “w” as “u.” The word associates with some meaning:

- cuddle
- huge
- a shed
- cubbyhole
- cupboard
- tiny space for safety

Do you know some other words without vowels? Or, do you have words without vowels in your own languages?

76 comments:

  1. uy no conocía esa palabra y me pareció una interesante entrada. Te mando un beso y dudo que español haya palabras sin vocales.

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  2. Completely new words for me. How interesting! Live and learn :-)) Have a wonderful weekend, Evi!

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  3. Oh wow! I didn't know these words exist! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  4. Interesante esta entrada. Saludos y cuidate amiga.

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  5. Un articolo interessante, e molto originale, che ho apprezzato.
    Cari saluti,silvia

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  6. I didn't know that word and I thought it was an interesting instrument to play.
    I searched on YouTube, because you made me curious how this tool sounds. I think life in medieval times was not so bad!
    Enjoy your weekend, Evi!
    Hugs!

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  7. it's so curious, I've never heard it.

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  8. They might be spelled without a vowel but as you explained they are still pronounced with a vowel. There are words in my language without vowels but in those cases the consonant R usually takes the properties of a vowel, for example: 'rt'. In Croatian R is sometimes a consonant but sometimes it is also softer.

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  9. This instrument sounds fascinating btw. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Very interesting, Evi! Crwth and cwtch are unusual words!

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  11. I don't remember what my language is without vowels.
    You wrote about it very interestingly, best regards.

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  12. Very interesting post < 3
    https://milentry-blog.blogspot.com

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  13. Interesting article, interestig instrument, Evi.
    I was interested in the Middle Ages in Poland, especially the sacred art from this period. Hugs!

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  14. Uma delícia de publicação.
    Eu amo aprender lendo aqui.
    Vou mostrar pro meu filho que é musico,
    Bjins
    CatiahoAlc.

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  15. This would be a good one to know for scrabble. Although I usually get more vowels than consonants! Thanks -- I learned something new today!

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  16. Grazie per questo bel post culturale, è stata una lettura alquanto interessante.

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  17. Não sei se tem palavras sem vogal. É um desafio para pensar
    Um maravilhoso final de semana, Evi
    Beijinhos

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  18. La verdad es que no conozco palabras sin vocales y es la primera vez que escucho sobre eso, muchisimas gracias por compartirlo con nosotros. gracias ^_^

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  19. Now this was interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Very interesting! I didn't know about this!

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  21. Not only did I not know these words and instruments, Evi, we also always learn something with you. Super interesting entry.

    Huge hugs getting bigger and bigger.

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  22. Oh! cada día se aprende algo nuevo no sabía que existían palabras formadas sólo por consonantes, gracias por tu información y cuidate mucho!!
    Besotes!!!

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  23. I don't think I know any such word in all four languages I speak, maybe some sound made of just a few letters...

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  24. I never saw or heard those words in my life. Good information.

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  25. dah puluhan tahun belajar bahasa inggris ini pertama kali aku menemukan hal ini nice share evi

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  26. Thank you for the info. I have learned a new word together.

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  27. Wow amazing. I can't think of any other words. Would need google's help.

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  28. hola, al principio no sabia que era por la foto, buen post

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  29. Hello.
    Good information. I didn't know.
    Be safe!
    Have a good sunday.

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  30. I haven't heard about something like this before, interesting!

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  31. Qué interesante. Me gusta mucho este post. Gracias.
    Kisses

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  32. Thanks for sharing, I'm searching about instruments and I was curious about an harp lyre I found online, watched videos on Youtube about it and I'm interested in learning about it ^^ It looks like this crwth so I'm going to search videos about it too ^^
    xx

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  33. Em Portugal existem muitas palavras que, por exemplo, são libertas de uma ou outra vogal. Mas sem nenhuma vogal, que eu conheça, não existe nenhuma.

    No inglês sim, Já tenho lido palavras sem qualquer vogal, como por exemplo, as que enumera aqui.

    Um texto muito interessante, direi mesmo que, didáctico. Aprender e saber nunca ocupou lugar

    Deixando cumprimentos poéticos

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  34. Interesting, I cannot think of any just now!

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  35. When I first saw the two words, I thought they were Welsh. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  36. I learn something new every day.
    Amalia
    xo

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  37. Wiem thats interesting :D i never think about it :)

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  38. No soy de lengua inglesa. El español es mi lengua y todas las palabras tienen vocales.

    Besos

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  39. Such an interesting instrument
    first time I saw this thing.

    stay safe ♥

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  40. OMG it must be quite hard to pronunciation this words, In Polish I think we don't have this kind of words xx

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  41. Very interesting! I didn't know this word!

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  42. A very curious instrument that has no vowels to name it.
    Thank you very much for also showing us a whole list of words with the same pronunciation and different meaning.

    In the Spanish language these types of examples are given with onomatopoeias = words that imitate sounds of actions, or of named things. I write down examples only with consonants:
    snoring: rrrrrrrrr
    cat purr: rrr rrr rrr
    growl: gr ...!
    dream: zzz, zzz, zzz
    wind: sss sss sss

    Happy start of the week!

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  43. Hello
    In Portuguese I don't remember a word without vowels !!
    Funny that word came out in a general knowledge contest - quiz - on television recently !!!
    xoxo

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  44. It's something new for me :) Very interesting! Thank you for this post :)

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  45. Very interesting.
    I don't remember a word without vowels in Portuguese.
    Kisses!

    galerafashion.com

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  46. Interesting! I never thought about it)
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  47. I must admit that I never thought about it ...
    Regards
    Lili

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  48. Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing )  

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  49. Olá Evi
    Instrumento muito interessante. Abraços!

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  50. There are many words in the Czech language without vowels.

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  51. Qué información más interesante! gracias por compartirla.

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  52. This was interesting, I've never heard of these words before! :)

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

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  53. a great, interesting instrument, but probably not for me. I used to learn to play the classical guitar but I couldn't learn it :)
    stay safe!

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  54. Never knew this, actually. But hey, you learn something new every single day.

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  55. unfamiliar word dear Evi :)
    this was interesting knowledge
    i am pondering about words with no vowels :)

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