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Middle-English Word of the Day - May 29, 2008

Kile (n.) - An ulcer; a sore.

Thai fare as dos a rotyn kile,
That rotys and warkys sore,
Ay to hit be brokene oute;
And afterward no more.

- MS. Cantab. Ff. v. 48

Pronunciation: /kil@/

Key
/k/ k in kin
/i/ i in machine
/l/ l in lily
/@/ a in sofa

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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