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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 4, 2008

Rechen (v.) - to care, reck [thus reckless = careless].

Thou sclaundrest me heere in this compaignye,
And eek discoverest that thou sholdest hyde.
Ye, quod oure hoost, telle on, what bityde.
Of al his thretyng rekke nat a myte!
In feith, quod he, namoore I do but lyte.

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

Pronunciation: /rEkEn/

/r/ r in red
/E/ e in met
/k/ k in kin
/n/ n in no

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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