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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 10, 2008

Forpyned (adj.) - tormented, famished, wretched.

Now certeinly he was a fair prelaat;
He was nat pale as a forpyned goost.
A fat swan loved he best of any roost.
His palfrey was as broun as is a berye.

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

Pronunciation: /fErfOrT/

/f/ f in fifty
/O/ o in cloth
/r/ r in red
/p/ p in pepper
/I/ i in bit
/n/ n in no
/E/ e in met
/d/ d in dog

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

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