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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 4, 2008

Graythen (v.) - to prepare, to make ready, to dress.

That other ferkez hym vp and fechez hym his wedez,
And graythez me Sir Gawayn vpon a grett wyse.
Fyrst he clad hym in his clothez the colde for to were,
And sythen his other harnays, that holdely watz keped,
Bothe his paunce and his platez, piked ful clene,
The ryngez rokked of the roust of his riche bruny;

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /graITEn/

Key
/g/ g in go
/r/ r in red
/aI/ ai in aisle
/T/ th in myth or thin
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

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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