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Middle-English Word of the Day - November 12, 2007

Suen (v.) - to follow, attend on, persecute.

a domesday when ryhtes bueth tolde
when we shule suen thy wounde blede
to speke thenne we bueth unbolde
unbold icham to bidde the bote

- Anonymous: The Harley lyrics (1310)

Pronunciation: /sjuEn/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/ju/ ew in few
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

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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