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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@/

/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
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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