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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 20, 2007

Bocche (n.) - a tumour, boil.

Kynde Conscience tho herde, and cam out of the planetes,
And sente forth his forreyours -- feveres and fluxes,
Coughes and cardiacles, crampes and toothaches,
Rewmes and radegundes and roynouse scalles,
Biles and bocches and brennynge agues,
Frenesies and foule yveles -- forageres of Kynde
Hadde ypriked and prayed polles of peple;

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /boUtS@/

Key
/b/ b in boy
/oU/ o in note
/tS/ ch in chin
/@/ 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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