The Best Hug in the World-The “CWTCH” from Wales

Dear Reader:

Every time I get an update on my ancestry lineage from Ancestor. com -the percentages shift among all the countries that make up the British Isles… with Wales overtaking England now-and squeezed in between Ireland and Scotland.

So when I came across an upbeat fun article on the inventive word for hug from Wales… I was immediately intrigued.

CWTCH is loosely pronounced in English “kutch” rhyming with ” Butch.” Originally the definition meant a cubbyhole or a kind of hug, …But in Wales it is much much more.

It is a warm embracing safe love born of friendship, family and an open accepting spirit towards all mankind.

Among the Welsh people this shared moment of tenderness includes a longing for Wales wherever they go.

Haven’t we all been unlucky recipients of bear-like aggressive hugs where we are left gasping for air… however well-meaning? A CWTCH is smaller, safer, tender and cozy.

The word can also be a cookie cutter with hearts or a journal with loving messages in it to family and friends.

So until tomorrow… I wish I had known this cute expression that many Welsh grandmothers use with their grandchildren while keeping the little Dingles yesterday!

” Tooty down for a CWTCH” means something like… ” Bend your knees low enough so I can give you a hug.” 🥰

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Play dough brought out Lachlan’s creativity-making a hotdog with mustard-Rutledge and Mollie went to Camden for a flag football tournament and Eloise plays with her dolls.

I keep adding more plants to my side garden-love looking out my window at all the beauty… now if we could just get some 🌧 rain!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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5 Responses to The Best Hug in the World-The “CWTCH” from Wales

  1. So lovely children 🌹👍🏼💕 Lots of love 😍


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Neat word…your children and grands are very artistic…love the hotdog…see you soon. We have JP for a few days…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Oh…I am loving it…but don’t know how you do it…one twelve hour day lead me to one 24 hour day napping on and off …literally day and night. I was happily worn out…so glad I can rest pretty much whenever. Thank you Lord for retirement…pacing is the name of the game these days.


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