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Two letters, S and O, a sibilant and a vowel, of which no further explanation can be given.

A vowel is like an olian harp; it makes a full and perfect sound of itself.

Meso: middle: as prefix, drops the o when stem begins with a vowel.

No attempt has been made to indicate these differences of vowel sound.

The Thought is simple and massy enough: but where is a Vowel?

The trick of adding a vowel to sound words is not unpleasing to the ear.

If the verb following the relative begins with a vowel, a is often omitted.

In the first and second the consonant is followed by a vowel.

The vowel is elided in some cases, and coalesces with another vowel in others.

In late Cornish the vowel of the prefix was usually dropped.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French vouel, from Latin vocalis, in littera vocalis, literally "vocal letter," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice" (see voice (n.)). Vowel shift in reference to the pronunciation change between Middle and Modern English is attested from 1909. The Hawaiian word hooiaioia, meaning "certified," has the most consecutive vowels of any word in current human speech; the English record-holder is queueing.

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