Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Cliket (n.) - a kind of lock or fastening.

The boldnesse of thi bienfetes maketh thee blynd thanne
And so worstow dryven out as dew, and the dore closed,
Keyed and cliketted to kepe thee withouten
Happily an hundred wynter er thow eft entre!

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

Pronunciation: /klIkEt/

/k/ k in kin
/l/ l in lily
/I/ i in bit
/E/ e in met
/t/ t in tie

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