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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 14, 2008

Snybbyn (v). - to rebuke (reprove, reprimand).

this joly prentys with his maister bood,
Til he were ny out of his prentishood,
Al were he snybbed bothe erly and late,
And somtyme lad with revel to newegate.

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

Pronunciation: /snIbIn/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/n/ n in no
/I/ i in bit
/b/ b in boy

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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