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Middle-English Word of the Day - January 31, 2008

Hathel (n.) - of good birth, a noble, a lord (also spelled "athel").

By that any daylyght lemed vpon erthe
He with his hatheles on hyghe horsses weren.
thenne thise cacheres that couthe cowpled hor houndez,
Vnclosed the kenel dore and calde hem theroute,
Blwe bygly in buglez thre bare mote;

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /hATEl/

Key
/h/ h in hat, ahead
/A/ a in father
/T/ th in myth or thin
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily

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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