The Madness of "Mac" Surnames
"Mc" surnames are double the trouble compared with most British and Irish surnames because they can suffer distortions at the beginning, middle and end of the "Mc" prefix as well as at the beginning, middle and end of the rest of the surname (the root word).
Sound glides are a particular problem, in which the "k" sound at the end of the "Mc" prefix distorts the first letter of the root word (e.g. McCue/McKew/McHugh, McLachlan/McGloughlan).
Transcription errors can also produce non-"Mac" surnames (e.g. Mackever/Markever), which can prove a trap for the ignorant.
This lesson discusses all of these sound and letter problems.
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