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Middle-English Word of the Day - September 26, 2007

Bauderye (n.) - unchastity, foul conversation, pandering.

"But here, with al myn herte, I the biseche,
That neuere in me thow deme swich folie
As I shal seyn: me thoughte by thi speche
That this, which thow me dost for compaignie,
I sholde wene it were a bauderye --
I am nought wood, al if I lewed be;
It is nought so, that woot I wel, parde.

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: Troilus and Criseyde (1385)

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