[Spellyans] rickets/ague

Owen Cook owen.e.cook at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 23:03:30 GMT 2009

No, no, not cognate, just homophonous (or nearly so). I notice that
Lhuyd gives the pronunciation of 'calf' as "leaụh" (p.273), which is
pretty near "lêaụh" for 'ague'.


2009/12/16 Craig Weatherhill <weatherhill at freenet.co.uk>:
> What is the origin of this word?  I wouldn't have thought it cognate it with
> 'lewgh', calf (i.e. young bovine).  Might there have been a medical reason
> for it being derived from legh, pl. lehow, 'slabs, ledges'?  I must confess
> that I have little knowledge of rickets or ague.
> Craig

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