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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 23, 2008

Mobyle (adj.) - moveables, property [e.g. furniture].

Alle othere manere yiftes hardily,
As londes, rentes, pasture, or commune,
Or moebles, alle been yiftes of fortune,
That passen as a shadwe upon a wal.

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

Pronunciation: /mObIlEs/

Key
/m/ m in make
/O/ o in cloth
/b/ b in boy
/I/ i in bit
/l/ l in lily
/E/ e in met
/s/ s in hiss

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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