I was going to be sure that I had an L of a post for this letter, then I thought, “Why be satisfied with half-measures? Let’s go for a Double L version. Words with two Ls in them are fairly common, but I have several which begin with two Ls.
I recently read a user strongly questioning silent letters in English words – particularly the silent G in words like ‘sign.’ Often, silent letters perform the same functions as accents in French, or Spanish. They tell you how to pronounce the word. If there were no G in sign, it would be a sin.
The Welsh language is well-known for its rather cavalier, creative spelling. It has used a couple of its superfluous Ls to build names with. There is (Desmond) Llewellyn, who was James Bond’s Q foil in several 007 movies. His name means that he is a leader.
There is also the Welsh name, Lloyd. Lloyd is a Welsh surname originating with the Welsh adjective llwyd, most often understood as meaning “grey” but with other meanings as well. The name can be used both as a given name and as a surname. There is Lloyd Bridges, who went on a Sea Hunt, and then for an Airplane ride, and Doc Brown – Christopher Lloyd.
Not to be out-done, South American Spanish has also given us a couple of double-L words. The funny animal that lives in the Andes is a Llama. The funny animal that lives in the Asian mountains is merely a lama. When you descend from the Andes, you might come out onto the llano, which is a flat plane. It started as a ‘plano,’ but spelling drift is inevitable.
I’d like to blame these double initial letters on something like pronunciation rules, but I find no such basis. 😀