The first part of the elementarie vvhich entreateth chefelie of the right writing of our English tung, set furth by Richard Mulcaster.
Mulcaster, Richard, 1530?-1611.
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The duble w, is a letter that hath accompanied our tung frō * the originall Germane, and is vsed somtime as a vowell, som∣time as a consonant. It is neuer vowell but in the diphthongs as, *draw, knew, throw, neither is it to enter the midle syllab of anie word, sauing in thré cases. The first whereof is, with the deriua∣tiues of those finall dighthongs, as of know, knowing, knowledge,*unknown. The second is, when custom will frame another pri∣mitiue * after the proportion of one of these, as ówn, like vnknówn The third is som manifest difference, where the single u,* might easilie be mistaken, and ioyned to the vowell following, as in vouell, couard, like houell, couert, and therefor, theie be to be written vowell, coward, with the duble w. W. is consonan∣tish, * when it leadeth a vowell in the same syllab, with either a consonant before it self, as in swine, swim, betwene, or it self the first as want, winter, what, wrong, It is also consonantish in ab∣breuiations * vpon like reason, as wc, wt. When it followeth a con∣sonant, the latin enfranchisement vseth oftentimes the single u, * as persuade, language, bycause the latins vse no double w: the English words kepe their naturall w, as twinge, swinge. General∣lie ** the ending u, wold euer be the duble, as both the naturall form thereof, and the right vse thereof in the diphthongs do let vs vnderstand.