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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 19, 2008

Digne (adj.) - worthy, proud (the phrase "digne as dich-water" = making people keep their distance).

And eek, for she was somdel smoterlich,
She was as digne as water in a dich,
And ful of hoker and of bisemare.
Hir thoughte that a lady sholde hire spare,

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

Pronunciation: /diN@/

/d/ d in dog
/i/ i in machine
/N/ gn in signes
/@/ a in sofa

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