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Re: Whisky (was Re: Swedish alphabet [was: Re: Spanishalphabet])

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 28, 1999, 0:38
"Raymond A. Brown" wrote:
> BTW 'Chwisgi' comes from Wales (not, alas, one its better products!)
Ah! Is that where the {wh} spelling came from? Whisky is from Gaelic _uisge beatha_, which has no [w_0], as I understand it (I think it's [wisk_je b_jaha]?), while Scotish English retains the /w_0/ phoneme, so if they spelt it with {wh}, it seems reasonable that they must've pronounced it with /w_0/
> Presumably American brands that use the spelling 'whisky' are deliberately > trying to produce a taste closer Scottish varieties rather than north > American or Irish varieties.
Or maybe they just don't care. :-) -- Oh Lord, grant that we may always be right, for thou knowest we will never change our mind. - Scots Prayer ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor