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
> 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
> If the vowel is short, we should write <qwyt>.
> What do others think?
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