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

Faitour (n.) - pretender, impostor, vagabond.

For I ne wiste wher to ete ne at what place,
And it neghed neigh the noon, and with Nede I mette,
That afrounted me foule and faitour me called.

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /faItur/

Key
/f/ f in fifty
/aI/ ai in aisle
/t/ t in tie
/u/ oo in boot
/r/ r in red

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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