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Old 12-19-2012, 05:37 PM
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Default Sor, Sir and the i-dot

There is a debate concerning whether this word should be transcribed as "Sor" or "Sir." An observation I wanted to make is that every lower case "i" in the Lusk letter is accompanied by an i-dot. Since there is no i-dot in this word, that would suggest it should be transcribed as "Sor" (unless one wishes to make this word the lone exception).
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:22 PM
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I've never seen it transcribed as anything but "Sor," and wasn't aware that there was a debate.
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I've never seen it transcribed as anything but "Sor," and wasn't aware that there was a debate.
I have seen it discussed on another thread. I think the argument for 'Sir' is that the writer was in the habit of adding a superfluous up-stroke at the end of some words. If that is factored in the word looks like 'Sir' with an undotted 'i'.

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I've never seen it transcribed as anything but "Sor," and wasn't aware that there was a debate.
It's actually been given as "Sir" on many occasions in books, including reference works. To get some sense of this, go to Google Books and do a search on the exact phrase "mr lusk sir i send you."
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