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Middle-English Word of the Day - May 2, 2008

Soken (n.) - 1. A toll. 2. A district held by tenure of socage.

Gret soken had this meller, out of doute,
With whete and malt, of al the lond aboute.

- Wright's Anecdota Literaria

In the country hard was we
That in our soken shrews should be.

- Blount's Law Dict. in v. Rime.

Pronunciation: /sOkEn/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/O/ o in cloth
/k/ k in kin
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day was selected from "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century", by James Orchard Halliwell.

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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