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Middle-English Word of the Day - December 3, 2007

Labbe (n.) - he that can keep no counsel.

Nay, crist forbede it, for his hooly blood!
Quod tho this sely man, I nam no labbe;
Ne, though I seye, I nam nat lief to gabbe.

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /lAb@/

/l/ l in lily
/A/ a in father
/b/ b in boy
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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