Another handwriting query!

This particular word has shown up on several cards and we cannot figure it out.

The headword here is ‘swat’ (top left corner) and the editors have indicated that the citation is withdrawn by writing ‘Withdraw?’ in the top right corner followed by a check mark. This citation has been withdrawn because, as the card states, “Not much evidence”.

The final word in the last line is the word we need help with. It reads:

“Devine’s item is in [indecipherable]”

We thought that it was Hoelboell, but we are not certain. If you have a guess, submit it here on the blog! This is the clearest example that we have in the ELRC. If we can track down the other slips, we’ll post them as well.

Word-file for 'swat'.  Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Word-file for ‘swat’. Reproduced by permission of the English Language Research Centre, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

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2 Responses to Another handwriting query!

  1. Jonathan R says:

    The word is ‘Halliwell’, i.e. J.O.Halliwell’s ‘Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial English’.

    • suzannepower says:

      That was one of our guesses but based on the other files with a similar looking word, we weren’t sure. Thanks!

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