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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 30, 2008

Lit (v.) - To colour, or dye.

We use na clathes that are littede of dyverse coloures:
oure wiffes ne are noghte gayly arayed for to plese us.

- MS. Lincoln A.i.17

Pronunciation: /lit/

Key
/l/ l in lily
/i/ i in machine
/t/ t in tie

The Middle-English Word of the Day was selected from "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century", by James Orchard Halliwell.

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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