/w/-/hw/ again

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Dec 28 19:22:05 UTC 2007

But whore is more interesting. It was spelled with an 'h' only (but
who and whole were with wh) and gained a wh as a euphemistic spelling.


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>Not "who" or "whole" or "whore" . . .
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>>Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 13:52:18 -0500
>>From: "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at MSU.EDU>
>>Yes; but not my sense of "ever"; I meant is there
>>any attested modern survival of a /hw/ in "who"
>>(as there obviosuly are in my own mouth for what,
>>where, why, etc..., but not who.)
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