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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 5, 2008

Selkouth (adj. and n.) - wonderful, a wonder.

To swilke a lorde in alle degree
Be euermore lastand louynge,
THat to vs such a dyngnyte
Has geffynne before all othir thynge.
And selcouthe thynges may we see heere
Of this ilke worlde so longe and broode,
With beestes and foules so many and seere,
Blyssed be hee that hase vs made.

- Anonymous: The York plays (1440)

Pronunciation: /sElkuT/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily
/k/ k in kin
/u/ oo in boot
/T/ th in myth or thin

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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