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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 25, 2008

Swad (n.) - A silly foolish fellow; a country bumpkin.

Let countrey swaines and silly swadsbe still;
To court, yoong wag, and wanton there thy fill.

- Greene's Perimedes, 1588

Pronunciation: /swAd/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/w/ w in we, away
/A/ a in father
/d/ d in dog

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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