Friday, November 30, 2007


Fetis (adj.) - well-made, neat, handsome.

With poules wyndow corven on his shoos,
In hoses rede he wente fetisly.
Yclad he was ful smal and proprely
Al in a kirtel of a lyght waget;
Ful faire and thikke been the poyntes set.

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /fEtIs/

/f/ f in fifty
/E/ e in met
/t/ t in tie
/I/ i in bit
/s/ s in hiss

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