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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@/

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

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html

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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