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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/

/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
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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