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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of velarize.
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It is known as a velarized consonant, which means the back of the tongue must be pressed against the mouth’s roof to achieve the requisite effect.
Such a change is interestingly reminiscent of a similar development in Old French where word-final /l/ became velarized to a 'dark l' which most English speakers are familiar with.
Dark L and light L - my cousin (aged 51 and a half) still says miwk (milk) whereas her mother used to pronounce it with a non-velarized or clear L.