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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 1, 2008

Maselin (n.) - a kind of drinking-cup, sometimes made of maslin (a mixture of metals resembling brass).

They fette hym first the sweet wyn,
And mede eek in a mazelyn,
And roial spicerye
Of gyngebreed that was ful fyn,
And lycorys, and eek comyn,
With sugre that is trye.

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

Pronunciation: /mAzElin/

Key
/m/ m in make
/A/ a in father
/z/ z in zone
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/i/ i in machine
/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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