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A ‘coast path’ Twitter account just said Tenby was ‘originally’ called Dinbych-y-Pysgod and people are astounded

A ‘coast path’ Twitter account just said Tenby was ‘originally’ called Dinbych-y-Pysgod and people are astounded
Offence has been caused by a tweet from a guide book company which suggested Tenby no longer has its Welsh name. Northern Eye Books Ltd - which runs a Twitter account named Wales Coast Path UK - posted a Tweet on Saturday which stated the Pembrokeshire seaside town was "originally" called Dinbych-y-Pysgod. People have quite…

Offence has been caused by a tweet from a guide book company which suggested Tenby no longer has its Welsh name.

Northern Eye Books Ltd – which runs a Twitter account named Wales Coast Path UK – posted a Tweet on Saturday which stated the Pembrokeshire seaside town was “originally” called Dinbych-y-Pysgod.

People have quite rightly pointed out – it is STILL called Dinbych-y-Pysgod and always has been.

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Just drive into Tenby and you’ll see Dinbych-y-Pysgod emblazoned on the town’s welcome sign along with its anglicised counterpart.

The Tweet read: “Did you know? The colourful seaside town on Tenby in Pembrokeshire was originally called ‘Dinbych y Pysgod’ in Welsh. This translates to ‘Little Town of Fish’!”

Following the post, a number of people have criticised the Cheshire-based book company for inaccurately portraying the name of the town as a term consigned to the distant past, when it is still used every day by residents and beyond.

Among those who replied to the Tweet was John Arwell Griff who wrote: “It’s correct and proper name is still Dinbych-y-Pysgod. Tenby is an anglicisation. Please stop the belittling and patronizing attitude towards another language. It’s utterly ridiculous.”

Andrew Teilo said: “a. It’s still called Dinbych y Pysgod and b. It means ‘Little Fort of the Fish, not ‘town’.”

Tenby to some, Dinbych-y-Pysgod to others

Rob Williams said: “S’funny that. I drove past this afternoon and it appears to have been renamed Dinbych-y-Pysgod again! Who’d have thought it? Cardiff was originally called Caerdydd too… when I left this morning… I wonder what it’ll be called tomorrow?”

Ethan Jones wrote: “We’ve not been wiped out just yet thank you. ‘Originally’ pfftt, it is still called Dinbych y Pysgod you cheeky sods.”

Rhian Huws Williams said: “Please change this message – it is still called Dinbych y Pysgod. Please support and encourage the use of Welsh names on all the route!”

The Twitter account was also criticised for having similar branding for the official Wales Coastal Path Twitter account, which Tweets from the handle @WalesCoastPath and has nothing to do with the company.

Northern Eye Books Ltd has been approached for comment.

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