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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 13, 2008

Hende (adj.) - near at hand, handy, courteous.

But what availleth hym as in this cas?
She loveth so this hende nicholas
That absolon may blowe the bukkes horn;
He ne hadde for his labour but a scorn.

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /hEnd@/

/h/ h in hat, ahead
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no
/d/ d in dog
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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