Re: v and u positional variants (Re: New contribution)

Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 11:13:37 CDT

Patrick Andries scripsit:

> The same is true for huit (8) / vit (he lives or virile member) , huitre
> (oyster) / vitre (window pane), huis (door) / vis (you (sing.) live,
> live ! or screw), etc.

Similarly, English final -u/v was always interpreted as u, so phonetically
final v had to be written -ue/ve, as in "loue" for love, though the vowel
is short, not long as would usually be the case with silent final -e. The
equally unetymological o in the word has the same explanation: "luue" would
read as "lwe".

John Cowan
"'My young friend, if you do not now, immediately and instantly, pull
as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the
large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will
jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'"
        --the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake

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