[Spellyans] yesterday's BIG surprise
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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