cornwall in colours: glas

The sea is never one colour. But in Cornish there is a single word, glas, which can capture all the colours of the water: blue, green, pale grey.

The Celtic Sea. Looking west to St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse. August 2019. Click image to enlarge.

[gla:z (M); glรฆ:z (L)] – blue, green, grey. Cornish is perhaps most closely related to Welsh and Breton languages. Omniglot


  1. Sue says:

    Glass does feel Welsh to me!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a very similar language both written and sound.

      1. Sue says:

        And you speak them both fluently! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. Heyjude says:

          Haha… I did get used to a few Welsh words living in the Marches, but these Breton languages are far too difficult for me.

        2. Sue says:


  2. Tish Farrell says:

    That is a term worth knowing, Jude. Wonderful photo rendition.

  3. restlessjo says:

    I thought I’d lost a letter at first! Ours is silky smooth today with swirls of green where the seaweed washes in. โ›ฑ๏ธ๐Ÿ’• Any improvement in the patient?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Judging by the wind up here I am guessing we have a lot of white horses today! Patient asleep at the moment – just been helping me paint the conservatory!! Back to hospital on Friday.

  4. Sandra says:

    Ideal shot to illustrate this lovely word ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve just finished reading The Salt Path and towards the end Raynor Winn describes the colours of Cornwall as blue, green and black. I agree with that ๐Ÿ™‚ (Recommend the book too if you haven’t read it.)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sandra. I will look it up.

  5. What an extraordinarily useful word. And oh the ocean!!!

  6. Thatโ€™s a great word for a great concept.

  7. Suzanne says:

    It would be interesting to hear all your readers pronouncing that word with all our varied accents ๐Ÿ™‚ Tis a beautiful photo!

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