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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 9, 2008

Stoundemele (adv.) - By short spaces of time; by degrees; every moment.

Syn ye were first unto your make y-knyt,
Wel han ye kept your chambre of prevete;
For hardley may no mane sey as yet,
That with your bode foleyed han ye.
And now cometh age, foo to your beaute,
And stelyngly wastyth stownde-mele.

- MS. Fairfax 16

Pronunciation: /stoUndmEl@/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/t/ t in tie
/oU/ o in note
/n/ n in no
/d/ d in dog
/m/ m in make
/E/ e in met
/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
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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