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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 22, 2008

Bilive (adv.) - quickly, with life.

"By god," quod he, "that wol I telle as blyue;
ffor proudder womman is ther noon on lyue,
And ye it wist, in al the town of Troye;
I iape nought, as euere haue I ioye."

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: Troilus and Criseyde (1385)

Pronunciation: /biliv@/

Key
/b/ b in boy
/i/ i in machine
/I/ i in bit
/v/ v in very
/@/ 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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