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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 20, 2008

Poyntil (n.) - a stylus to write with.

His felawe hadde a staf tipped with horn,
A peyre of tables al of yvory,
And a poyntel polysshed fetisly,
And wrooth the names alwey, as he stood,
Of alle folk that yaf hym any good,
Ascaunces that he wolde for hem preye.

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

Pronunciation: /pOItIl/

/p/ p in pepper
/OI/ oy in boy
/n/ n in no
/t/ t in tie
/I/ i in bit
/l/ l in lily

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard

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