[Spellyans] quyt/quit

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Tue Feb 9 09:42:55 GMT 2010


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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