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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 12, 2008

Sothfast (n.) - true, truth, sooth, soothsaying.

Ye holden regne and hous in vnitee;
Ye sothfast cause of frendshipe ben also;
Ye knowe al thilke couered qualitee
Of thynges, which that folk on wondren so

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: Troilus and Criseyde (1385)

Pronunciation: /sOTfAst/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/O/ o in cloth
/T/ th in myth or thin
/f/ f in fifty
/A/ a in father
/t/ t in tie

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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