[Spellyans] kist, Crist

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Jun 29 10:36:37 IST 2008


To be fair, I think that kist for kyst is an error in Dan's  
dictionary, not a systematic decision. Dan' dictionary is based
on George who is wholly inconsistent about this word and its  
derivatives. George cites:

kyst
kystenn
kyst-lyther (i.e. kyst lyther)
kyst-vaglenn (i.e. kyst vaglenn)
kystven
atalgyst

but

strolgist —where the reader is told that the second element is 2KIST.  
There is no 2KIST. There isn't
any 1KIST either.

Nicholas

On 29 Jun 2008, at 08:45, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> My point entirely, Nicholas.  It is utterly confusing, especially to
> those poor people who will be attempting to learn the language.   
> Surely,
> it would have made much more sense to reserve y for the short vowel  
> (and
> in final position) and i for the long one.  Nice and easy for all, and
> could have been learned easily and with confidence.  I thought that KK
> did this, but examination of George's dictionary shows that this isn't
> the case at all.  It's just as confusingly inconsistent there, as  
> well.
>
> Craig
>
>
> nicholas williams wrote:
>> Dan's dictionary gives kist 'box, chest' and gives the pronunciation
>> [kIst] i.e. a short i spelt <i>.
>> On the other hand Dan's dictionary gives Krist, Crist 'Christ' and
>> gives the pronunciation [kri:st].
>> Other words with <ist> and a long vowel are trist 'sad' and jist
>> 'joist'. Should kist not be kyst?
>>
>> Nicholas
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