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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 23, 2008

Pirtle (v.) - To slaver at the mouth.

Now I pirtle, I pofte, I poute,
I snurpe, I snobbe, I sneipe on snoute.

- Reliq. Antiq. ii. 211.

Pronunciation: /pirtl@/

/p/ p in pepper
/i/ i in machine
/r/ r in red
/t/ t in tie
/l/ l in lily
/@/ 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

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