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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 26, 2008

Cherl (n.) - peasant.

Oure hooste gan to swere as he were wood;
Harrow! quod he, by nayles and by blood!
This was a fals cherl and a fals justise.
As shameful deeth as herte may devyse
Come to thise juges and hire advocatz!

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

Pronunciation: /tSErl/

/tS/ ch in chin
/E/ e in met
/r/ r in red
/l/ l in lily

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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