[Spellyans] quyt/quit

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Feb 8 11:53:40 GMT 2010

Both quit [kwɪt] and quite [kwaɪt] derive ultimately from the same  
etymon, quiter, quitier. The original vowel was long, though short  
forms are found both for the verb and the adjective at an early date.

I would tend to prefer to have the intensifier with a long vowel, .i.  

On 8 Feb 2010, at 11:05, nicholas williams wrote:

> The word quyt, quit is well attested in the texts. It is used  
> emphatically with in mes,
> dhe ves:
> ow scoforn treghys myrough quyt the ves thyworth ow pen  PC 1144-45
> ha tenna in mes quyt ha glan agan lell feith in mes agan colonow TH  
> 45a
> ny a’n gor quit mes a’n bys BK 1857.
> Is the vowel long in this word (cf. Breton kuit) or is it short (cf.  
> English quit)?
> The spelling of <quyte> seen in han segh gallas quyte drethaf CW 1573
> suggests that the vowel was long. In which case we should spell it  
> <qwit>.
> If the vowel is short, we should write <qwyt>.
> What do others think?
> Nicholas
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