*raises hand* Pmmg may not be, but I am, if a bit out of practice, and I can confirm that she's right. I was interdisciplinary Medieval Lang and Lit and Medieval History, and one of the things I focused on was the politicizing of language, specifically English, or what would eventually become our Modern English. But, I wander a bit. Spellings and how we sound out our letters change over time, and in the case of Old English and the span of time it took to evolve through the centuries until it becomes something we can recognize that represents a whole lot of change. For example, "knife" was pronounced phonetically, as were most words before French came along and screwed up English but good. This isn't even starting the discussion of how spelling of English wasn't standardized until the 18th century, and then not very well. So, yes, you will absolutely see the same word spelled fifteen different ways and that's just how people heard the sounds.Since when were you an Old English linguistics scholar?!
It’s interesting though.
Also, a viable alternative to were-anything is the proper term, which is "therianthrope," which can be used with any species of animal shapeshifter. I find it very useful, since we have a lot more than wolves running around.