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Re: Doth and Doeth

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Sunday, March 13, 2005, 14:44
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 10:18:47 -0500, Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:
> Hmmm. I'd always thought that dost and doest were pronounced alike after a > certain point in the Renaissance.
By whom? :) I learned the pronunciations from my father (an Englishman in Germany); no idea where he got them from. Possibly from the Catholic church which he belonged to when he was younger, since he didn't join the church we grew up in until after he had come to Germany; we use the KJV but I don't know what he used to use before that.
> How do we corroborate the pronunciation of "saith," though? > Having spent a long time as an Episcopalian, I'd never pronounce it as > /'sejiT/, but rather /sET/. But who's to say?
Hm, both sound acceptable to me, though I'd use the first pronunciation more often.
> We need to see it in rhyming poetry to get the pronunciation. What rhymes > with doeth? :)
rueth, for example (e.g. "It rueth him to ..."). Or mooeth :) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> Watch the Reply-To!


Sally Caves <scaves@...>Doth and Doeth--YAEPT alas, so ignore(th) at will