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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 1, 2008

Iwis (adv.) - truly, certainly.

This es botles bale, for bettir bees it neuer.
It es no wirchipe, iwysse, to wryng thyn hondes;
To wepe als a woman it es no witt holden.
Be knyghtly of contenaunce, als a kyng scholde,
And leue siche clamoure, for Cristes lufe of Heuen!

- Anonymous: The alliterative Morte Arthure (1440)

Pronunciation: /Iwis/

/I/ i in bit
/w/ w in we, away
/i/ i in machine
/s/ s in hiss

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard

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