[Spellyans] horseman

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Thu Nov 1 07:35:09 GMT 2012

I was unaware that <marhegyon> was actually attested.  I've only ever  
seen <marhogyon>.

Although the context may be different, it's worth pointing out that  
<margh>, "horse" also has two attested plurals:  <mergh> and  
<marhes>.  The latter is attested by the place-names Goonamarris,  
Noonvares, Halvarras, and the field-name Noon Veres.


On 31 Hed 2012, at 19:56, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 31 Oct 2012, at 19:37, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>> I know. I just don't think it justfies spelling the same suffix two  
>> diffrent ways, which leaves you with two variants of the same word  
>> in the singular meaning zhe same thing with an identical  
>> pronunciation.
> No one seems to think the rule is problematic for words with a  
> single plural. If a word has two plurals, then according to the  
> rules, it may have two spellings in the singular. I myself would not  
> use the plural "marhegyon" and so I would not write "marhek". But if  
> I did use it, I would expect the regular rule to be followed, and I  
> would write "marhek". It is simpler to have regular rules here  
> rather than to have an exception.
> Of course we could write this word marhæk. ;-)
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