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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/

/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
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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