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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 11, 2008

Brayde (n.) - a quick movement, a start, a while, moment.

'This kastel to Kryst I kenne':
He gef hit ay god chaunce.
The brygge watz brayde doun, and the brode gatez
Vnbarred and born open vpon bothe halue.

- Anonymous: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /braId@/

Key
/b/ b in boy
/r/ r in red
/aI/ ai in aisle
/d/ d in dog
/@/ a in sofa

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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