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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 9, 2008

Ferforth (adj.) - far away, completely.

Prudence, his wyf, as ferforth as she dorste,
Bisoghte hym of his wepyng for to stynte; but
Nat forthy he gan to crie and wepen
Evere lenger the moore.

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

Pronunciation: /fErfOrT/

Key
/f/ f in fifty
/E/ e in met
/r/ r in red
/O/ o in cloth
/T/ th in myth or thin

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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