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Middle-English Word of the Day - January 21, 2008

Manciple (n.) - purveyor.

Hym boes serve hymself that has na swayn,
Or elles he is a fool, as clerkes sayn.
Oure manciple, I hope he wil be deed,
Swa werkes ay the wanges in his heed;

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /mAnsipl@/

/m/ m in make
/A/ a in father
/n/ n in no
/s/ s in hiss
/i/ i in machine
/p/ p in pepper
/l/ l in lily
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
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