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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 21, 2008

Bistad (v.) - placed, circumstanced, bestead, hard bestead, sorely imperilled, overcome.

softely by hir thou jn crepe
that scho ne wakyn of hir slepe
for full seke es scho bystadde
whatte for lufe & whatt for drede
into the ladyes beedd he ghede

- Anonymous, Octovian (1350-1375)

Pronunciation: /bistAd@/

Key
/b/ b in boy
/i/ i in machine
/s/ s in hiss
/t/ t in tie
/A/ a in father
/d/ d in dog
/@/ 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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