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Middle-English Word of the Day - November 29, 2007

Glopnen (v.) - to look downcast.

For to haf greued Gaynour and gart hir to dyghe
With glopnyng of that ilke gome that gostlych speked
With his hede in his honde bifore the hyghe table.

- Anonymous: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /glOpnEn/

Key
/g/ g in go
/l/ l in lily
/O/ o in cloth
/p/ p in pepper
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

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
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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