Monday, November 19, 2007


Accidie (n.) - sloth, indolence, heedlessness, torpor.

With al the wo of this world, his wif and his wenche
Baren hym to his bed and broughte hym therinne;
And after al this excesse he had an accidie.
That he sleep Saterday and Sonday, till sonne yede to reste.

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /Asidi/

/A/ a in father
/s/ s in hiss
/i/ i in machine
/d/ d in dog

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

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard