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Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sat Oct 9 20:50:49 BST 2010

On 10 Oct 2010, at 02:33, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> Would we?  On the strength of one rhyme that might be visual rather than phonic?  I think I'd need more evidence than that to be convinced.

Nance also writes jȳst 'joist', with a long vowel. Although the development (in English) of ī to ɔɪ is a bit unusual, it is similar to the Great Vowel Shift of ī to aɪ. 

ME. giste, gyste, a. OF. giste, one of the beams supporting a bridge, in mod.F. gîte one of the small beams supporting a platform for artillery, a bed of mineral, etc., f. OF. gesir (mod.F. gésir):
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L. jacēre to lie. 

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