Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 11:52:53 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/ If English derives from Latin , it must be as a loan- word, much too late for Grimm's Law. So then it should be <*core>, which it ain't. So much for armchair etymologizing. In such questions, my sainted OE professor, Rudolph Willard, used to repair to the OED, which informs us that OE had (possibly derived from ON), and that the spelling is a 16-th century refinement (I would guess on the model of ). But any connection with a Latin /k/ would have to be at a pre-Latin level, not a direct borrowing. --Rudy Troike (back in the fray again!)