> The spelling of Balquidder, also Balquhidder, comes from Middle
English. > The use of "qu(h)" for the Old English "hw" is found in northern dialects of > Middle English, and indicates that the aspiration is strong. So in > fourteenth century texts written in the northern dialect we find quyte for > white (OE hwite), quat for what (hwaet), quhelis (hweol) for wheels, quhill > (hwil) for while, quhar (hwaer) for where, etc. In the southern dialects > the aspiration is weak or lost, and "wh" is used, so we find whyyt, what > etc. Sometimes only the "w" is used as in wat for what. Both usages, qu > and wh, can be found in midland dialects. > > Margaret Connors,
Thanks Margaret. That is quite fascinating as I do know that in
certain parts of Newcastle (Northumberland county) the strong
guttural still pertains.
Cheers, Ron :)
< 0 Ron Mackey,(Purveyor of Pat's Party Pieces)
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