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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 21, 2008

Lotyen (v.) - to lurk (also as lotinge).

He foond this hooly olde urban anon
Among the seintes buryeles lotynge.
And he anon, withouten tariynge,
Dide his message; and whan that he it tolde,
Urban for joye his handes gan up holde.

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

Pronunciation: /lOtiN@/

Key
/l/ l in lily
/O/ o in cloth
/t/ t in tie
/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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