[Spellyans] quyt/quit

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Tue Feb 9 11:50:46 GMT 2010

Nance identifies two distinct words one with a short vowel the other  
with a long.  So, according to Nance, we would have 'qwyt' meaning  
without hinderance, and 'qwit' meaning completely.

Nicholas quite rightly identifies the example below as falling into  
the second category.

On 9 Whe 2010, at 09:42, nicholas williams wrote:

> The only reason for thinking that quyt might have had a short vowel,  
> would be if the word were borrowed from English quit. This is not  
> likely.
> Moreover quit rhymes with spyt 'spite' in BK:
> Rag very spyt
> dyswrys of quit BK 1016-17.
> This is further evidence that the vowel was long.
> Nicholas
> On 9 Whe 2010, at 08:48, j.mills at email.com wrote:
>> Cornish quit is borrowed from Old Norman French: quite, quitte;  
>> quit, quiet, quiete, which has a long vowel. Unless there is any  
>> good reason to suppose that the vowel became short after this word  
>> was borrowed, and I see no reason, then we should assume a long  
>> vowel and write this word qwit.
>> Ol an gwella
>> Jon
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Ray Chubb


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