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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 16, 2008

Abusioun (n.) - deceit.

Many a subtil resoun forth they leyden;
They speken of magyk and abusioun.
But finally, as in conclusioun,
They kan nat seen in that noon avantage,
Ne in noon oother wey, save mariage.

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

Pronunciation: /AbusiaUn/

/A/ a in father
/b/ b in boy
/u/ oo in boot
/s/ s in hiss
/i/ i in machine
/aU/ au in Paul, aw in awl
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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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
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