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Chris -- 2011-03-08
So the “ell” for “ail” confusion is pretty rampant, certainly in spelling, and more than likely in pronunciation.
c.1200, “morally evil” (other 13c. senses were “malevolent, hurtful, unfortunate, difficult”), from O.N. illr “ill, bad,” of unknown origin. Not related to evil. Main modern sense of “sick, unhealthy, unwell” is first recorded mid-15c., probably related to O.N. idiom “it is bad to me.”
c.1300, from O.E. eglan “to trouble, plague, afflict,” from P.Gmc. * azljaz (cf. O.E. egle “hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;” Goth. agls “shameful, disgraceful,” agliþa “distress, affliction, hardship,” us-agljan “to oppress, afflict”), from PIE * agh- lo-, suffixed form of root * agh- “to be depressed, be afraid.” Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
OK, it’s not an ail for ell switch, the post was just inspired by that. We’ve lost some interesting words: That was an azljaz project. Don’t mind me, I’m just a bit agh. After the agliþa of that last assignment.
I’m afraid that I won’t reach my goals that I’ve set for myself and then i’m a fellure again.
http://www.sparkpeople.com/ma/Is-anyone … 1/13360136
That’s a nonce and one of those google singletons.
Or maybe aguecorns, what with all the death and wailing and fellure.