Thursday, 24 October 2013

What's in a name?

One of the questions I've been asked most when telling people about little maldod, is "what is maldod?" So I thought this lovely word needed a bit of explanation.

Having spent a LOT of time thinking, talking and playing about with words for a name for my small business, 'little maldod' unexpectedly popped into my head one afternoon whilst giving my son Wilf his tea.

Maldod is a Welsh word, and being Welsh myself it's a word that I remember hearing from a very young age. An official translation will tell you this:

Maldod, n. Levity, dalliance, fondness, delight.

But, to me, words don't always have to mean what the dictionary tells us. To me, maldod means comfort, love, looking after and a bit of TLC.  

I can remember when I was a little girl my Dad sat on the sofa, opening his arm up, inviting me to cuddle up next to him , saying affectionately "come and have a bit of maldod."

So when I remembered the word that weekday teatime I knew I'd finally found the right name.

I will be selling lovingly made, personalised gifts designed to give to friends and family so I wanted a name which celebrates the special things in life - family, home, comfort and love. The words 'little maldod' represent of all these things,

.....Who doesn't need a little maldod in their life?!

Having a bit of maldod with Dad.

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