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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 10, 2008

Cheve (v.) - To compass a thing, succees, or bring to an end; to thrive; to obtain, adopt.

Howsomever that it cheve,
The knyght takis his leve.

- Sir Degrevant, Lincoln MS.

Scripture saith heritage holdyn wrongfully
Schal never cheve, ne with the thred heyr remayne.

- MS. Soc. Antiq. 101

Pronunciation: /tSEv@/

Key
/tS/ ch in chin
/E/ e in met
/v/ v in very
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day was selected from "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century", by James Orchard Halliwell.

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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