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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 24, 2008

Gladsom (adj.) - pleasant.

As whan a man hath been in povre estaat,
And clymbeth up and wexeth fortunat,
And there abideth in prosperitee.
Swich thyng is gladsom, as it thynketh me,
And of swich thyng were goodly for to telle.

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

Pronunciation: /glAdsOm/

Key
/g/ g in go
/l/ l in lily
/A/ a in father
/d/ d in dog
/s/ s in hiss
/O/ o in cloth
/m/ m in make

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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