[Spellyans] Box

A. J. Trim ajtrim at msn.com
Sat Oct 9 13:19:40 BST 2010

The SWF is actually worse than you say here.

As I understand it, the SWF rules state that either i or y can be long or 
short, so in the SWF (with no clear rules for using i or y) even kyst would 
be long, by the rule that the vowel is long before -st. The SWF cannot write 
this short, unless it writes kisst or kysst - oh dear!

KS does have clear rules, and can.

Are there any other words like this (i.e. monosyllables ending in short -ist 
or -yst) in the SWF or is this a single easily learnt exception?


Andrew J. Trim

From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2010 10:10 AM
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> SWF gives kist but this must be [kiːst] according to the SWF's rules of 
> length. But Nance and Williams give kyst [kɪst], not *kȳst, and Gendall 
> gives kist [kɪst], not *kîst. A long vowel is incorrect here; the spelling 
> in SWF should be kyst; it is kyst in KS.
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