At the time Sioned Jones, 42, who lives in the village near Pontypool, south Wales, said: 'Just imagine how embarrassing it will be to have the word "fart" in your village's name - never mind being followed by "egg".
This is coming from a person called Sioned, which is the Welsh form of Janet and is not pronounced See-On-Ed it is pronouced SHON-ed. No doubt Sioned will have, at some point in her life had to explain to someone how to pronounce her name. Yet she is mortified at the prospect of having to explain to someone how to pronounce the name of her village.
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After receiving a letter with 150 signatures opposing the plans, local councillor Richard Clark agreed that the new name could bring the town and villagers into 'disrepute'.
He added: 'Whilst we in Wales understand the pronunciation, outsiders will say it Fart-egg.'
It's not clear just who these 'outsiders' are that Dick is referring to. They are clearly not Welsh, he makes that part clear. These may be 'outsiders' that do not live in Wales, in which case it makes me wonder why he would care what they think. Or he could be talking about 'outsiders' that have moved to Wales in which case he should probably do a bit more to help them integrate, an easy way to start would be to have a bilingual name on the signs coming into the village.
Residents of 'Y Farteg' should spare a thought for the people who live 26 miles away in the beautifully named Powys village of Aberllynfi, which literally translates as the mouth of the river Llynfi. Yet for some reason also has an Anglicised name that would probably make Sioned's head explode. I am of course talking about the the village of Three Cocks.
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And on this pretend visit to 'Three Cocks' I would be desperately looking for a tat shop that sells merchandise with the name of the village on it. Perhaps that makes me childish, actually it definitely makes me childish but the people of 'Y Farteg' are losing out on a potential money spinner all because they are worried about what people who don't even live in Wales think. What a pathetic bunch they are.
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