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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 8, 2008

Foison (n.) - abundance, plenty, might.

Sunne ne mone schon neuer so swete
As that foysoun flode out of that flet;
Swythe hit swange thurgh vch a strete
Wythouten fylthe other galle other glet.

- Anonymous: Pearl (1400)

Pronunciation: /fOIsOn/

Key
/f/ f in fifty
/OI/ oy in boy
/s/ s in hiss
/O/ o in cloth
/n/ n in no

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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