Thursday, November 1, 2007


Roode (n.) - the cross, gallows.

Ac hadde I maistrie and myght - God woot my wille!
And whan I come to the kirk and sholde knele to the Roode
And preye for the peple as the preest techeth

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

Pronunciation: /roUd@/

/r/ r in red
/oU/ o in note
/d/ d in dog
/@/ a in sofa

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