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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 10, 2007

Brunie (n.) - corslet, coat of mail.

Breid he mid switheren hond; a sweord muchel & swithe strong.
al that he ther-mid hitte; al hit a-dun healde.
Neora tha bearn nea swa strong; thah he hefde brunie on.
yif he hine mid sweorde at-ran; nea ras he neuer-mare.

- Layamon, fl.1200: Brut (MS Cotton Caligula) (1205)

Pronunciation: /bruni@/

Key
/b/ b in boy
/r/ r in red
/u/ oo in boot
/n/ n in no
/i/ i in machine
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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