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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 8, 2008

Trowen (v.) - to believe, to think to be true (also as "trewen").

Gyff I were blythe, who wolde me blame?
And for I trowed this tythynge,
That God talde to me thanne,
The grounde and the begynnyng
Of trowthe that tyme beganne.

- Anonymous: The York plays (1440)

Pronunciation: /truEn/

Key
/t/ t in tie
/r/ r in red
/u/ oo in boot
/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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