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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/

Key
/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."
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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