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Fyrir greinar sakir er diptongus fundinn í nórænu sem í þessum nǫfnum: mær ok sær, at greina þau frá fornǫfnum sér ok mér ok ǫðrum þvílíkum, en fyrir hljóðsfegrð er diptongus fundinn sem hér: løkr, øgr, þvíat fegra þykkir hljóða heldr en lækr, ægr.
(It is for the sake of distinction that the diphthong is found in Norse, as in these words: ‘mær’ (maiden) and ‘sær’ (sea), to distinguish them from the pronouns ‘sér’ (reflex. pron.) and ‘mér’ (to me) and other such words, and for the sake of euphony the diphthong is found, as here: ‘løkr’ (brook), ‘øgr’ (terrible), because the sound seems more agreeable than ‘lækr’ or ‘ægr’. )
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