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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 17, 2008

Draf (n.) - Dregs; dirt; refuse; brewers' grains; anything thrown away as unfit for man's food.

Tak the rute of playntayn with the sede, and
stampe thame with staleworth vynagre, and drynk
the jewse, and enplaster the drafe apone the naville.

- MS. Linc. Med.

Pronunciation: /drAf/

Key
/d/ d in dog
/r/ r in red
/A/ a in father
/f/ f in fifty

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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