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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/

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

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