Bill Smith wh5mith at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Dec 11 03:07:46 UTC 2000

At 07:22 PM 12/7/00 -0500, you wrote:
>As a child, I apparently constructed an etymology for this form, keyed to a
>break between MAI-zl + d  (not mizzle-d).  I thought of this as being a
>completely different verb from mis-lead/mis-led. To mislead was probably on
>purpose but not necessarily. To MAIzl, on the other hand, was to be deeply
>duplicitous in a premeditated manner. Didn't find out my error until my
>twenties when I cautioned a loved one not to MAIzl someone and that loved
>one promptly fell apart laughing.
If I remember correctly, the narrator of _How Green Was My Valley_ used that
spelling pronunciation, and was mocked by his non-Welsh sschoolmaster.

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