[Spellyans] yesterday's BIG surprise

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Jun 7 15:34:35 BST 2012

The following do occur:

gwyr re gewsys yredy 'you have spoken truly indeed' PA 106d
Gwyr a leverough, Ouwan 'You speak true, Ouwan' BK  1361.

Gwir a leverta/Gwir a leverowgh seem good modern equivalents.

The English borrowing forsoth is attested 12 times, but not in a reply meaning 'yes indeed'.


On 7 Jun 2012, at 14:26, Ken MacKinnon wrote:

> In a late medieval context people would have been more likely to have said something like ‘yea verily’ or ‘indeed forsooth’.   I imagine that equivalents of this type of rejoinder might have featured rather than the more contemporary expression of ‘hear, hear’.

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