Somwhat he lipsed for his wantownesse,
To make his Englissh sweete upon his tonge;
(=He lisped slightly, in his affectations / To make his English sweet upon his tongue)
Chaucer gives us a minute detail about the Friar’s way of speaking, suggesting that the Friar paid very close attention to the way he talked— probably because it affected how much money he could make from confessions.
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