[Spellyans] -ious

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sat Oct 9 20:19:51 IST 2010


I was talking to Nicholas about "gloryes" 'glorious' and he gave me the following similar examples:

gracius, gracyus, grassijs, grassyes, grassyeys, grassies

ongrassijs, ongrassyeys, ongrassyes, ongrassijs, ongrassyas, vngrasshes

precius, precyous, precyus, presivs, presius, presyus

contraryus

Nance has:

contraryus
delycyous
dyscrassyes
envȳes
grassyes
*melodyes
precyous
spȳtys (< ME spytus)
ungrassyes
vyctōryes

All of these (except spȳtys) have the same origin, ME -ious < Lat -iosus

Ought we not write, regularly, the following?

contraryùs
delycyùs
dyscrassyùs
enviùs
grassyùs
*melodyùs
precyùs
spîtùs (?)
ungrassyùs
vyctoryùs

It does not seem to make sense to have -yus and -yous and -yes since the etymology and pronunciation is the same.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/





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