Middle-English Word of the Day MC Logo

Middle-English Word of the Day - March 27, 2008

Unnethes (adv.) - scarcely.

But as a child of twelf month oold, or lesse,
That kan unnethes any word expresse,
Right so fare I, and therfore I yow preye,
Gydeth my song that I shal of yow seye.

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

Pronunciation: /unED@s/

Key
/u/ oo in boot
/n/ n in no
/E/ e in met
/D/ th in neither
/@/ a in sofa
/s/ s in hiss

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/


The Middle-English Word of the Day is automatically distributed Monday through Friday.

To subscribe, send email to mewd-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.