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Cwtch is nation's favourite word
Steve Johnson and Tracy Goode
Steve Johnson and Tracy Goode included 'cwtch' in their vows
Cwtch, the Welsh word for cuddle, has emerged as the favourite word in Wales, according to a survey.

Cwtch, or Cwtsh, has been adopted by many in the cross-over language of Wenglish, particularly popular in the south Wales valleys.

Linguist Prof David Crystal admitted it was quite unusual to have such a strongly Welsh word feature so highly.

BT Openreach asked 50,000 to contribute a word worth 1 to charity I Can to develop children's language skills.

It's heart-warming to see that, despite all our daily pressures and worries, so many positive emotional words are turning up in this list.
Prof David Crystal

The top word voted for across the UK in the internet Wall of Words was "love" with "hope" and "happy" also featuring in the top 10.

Prof Crystal, who is based in Holyhead on Anglesey, said it was not surprising then that the Welsh for cuddle should feature so prominently.

"It's heart-warming to see that, despite all our daily pressures and worries, so many positive emotional words are turning up in this list," he said.

'To love and to cwtch'

Cardiff journalist Steve Johnson and his wife Tracy Goode, who are both originally from the valleys, took the word "cwtch" into their hearts, using it as part of their wedding vows when they married in December 2005.

"We said 'to love and to cwtch' instead of 'to love and to hold'," explained Steve.

"We start each day with a cwtch and end with a cwtch. We're the cwtching couple of Canton!" he said.


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