- Oct 7, 2004
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And I am sure it refers to the dealing with the Welsh, no? Just because it's common, doesn't make it right if that's the context. -- jimWelsh/Welch is acceptable. Just means to renege on a deal. Used quite frequently over here.
More here. It is definitely intended to be pejorative. Association with the Welsh people themselves is not easy to establish. The second link suggests the BBC occasionally apologizes for using the term. YMMV.A related colloquialism is the verb to welsh/welch ('to renege') as in 'to Welsh/welchon a deal or bet', which may be derived from an age-old 'English' stereotype of theWelsh/Celtic peoples as unreliable oath-breakers, though that etymology remains conjectural.