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Thread #1954   Message #2020253
Posted By: GUEST,Scotus (minus cookie)
08-Apr-07 - 10:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Gabalundi(?) Man / Gaberlunzie Man
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Gaberlunzie Man
Weel Abby, I think yer jist 'on the money' there!

Child explained that the 'z' in gaberlunzie was silent as it was representing a redundant letter in the ancient Scots alphabet which wasn't pronounced (go figger!). You can see other examples of this in present day Scots placenames and family names (Menzies for instance - think of the US jazz bassist Charlie Mingus - that's how it's pronounced!).