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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 7, 2008

Fraynen (v.) - to ask.

Lowttes to hym lufly, and lettres hym bedes,
Of credence enclosyde, with knyghtlyche wordez.
Then the Emperour was egree and enkerly fraynes;
the answere of Arthure he askes hym sone,
How he arayes the rewme and rewlys the pople,
Yif he be rebell to Rome whate ryghte that he claymes.

- Anonymous: The alliterative Morte Arthure (1440)

Pronunciation: /fraInEn/

Key
/f/ f in fifty
/r/ r in red
/aI/ ai in aisle
/n/ n in no
/E/ e in met

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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