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Middle-English Word of the Day - May 8, 2008

Whert (n.) - Joy; gladness.

For thai ar so wylde when thai hafe whert,
That thai no dreede kan halde in hert.

- Hampole, MS. Bowes

Pronunciation: /hwErt/

/hw/ wh in whale (where not pronounced "wale")
/E/ e in met
/r/ r in red
/t/ t in tie

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

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