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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 24, 2008

Sophymes (n.) - subtleties.

Ne koude man, by twenty thousand part,
Countrefete the sophymes of his art,
Ne were worthy unbokelen his galoche,
Ther doublenesse or feynyng sholde approche,
Ne so koude thonke a wight as he dide me!

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

Pronunciation: /sOfim@s/

/s/ s in hiss
/O/ o in cloth
/f/ f in fifty
/i/ i in machine
/m/ m in make
/@/ 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.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
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