HEDDLU POLICE

The singular is HEDDWAS POLICEMAN, of course. Etymologically it’s hedd + llu, the first component meaning peace, as in A oes heddwch? “Is there peace?”, the a being another example of a sentence-initial interrogative particle, and the second component looking as if it’s cognate with Gaelic luchd, German Leute and Russian ljudi. But how to find out?

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One Response to HEDDLU POLICE

  1. colin says:

    This post is responsible for all of the search engine traffic to this site at the moment. Well, this post, the riots, and police forces from Wales. I think.

    So I should add that llu means “force”, in the sense of y lluoedd arfog, “the armed forces”, rather than in the physics sense.

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