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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 18, 2008

Unwemmed (adj.) - unstained, unblemished (the verb "wemmen" means to stain or blemish).

And whil the organs maden melodie,
To God allone in herte thus sang she:
O lord, my soule and eek my body gye
Unwemmed, lest that it confounded be.

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

Pronunciation: /UnwEmEd/

/U/ oo in book, u in full
/n/ n in no
/w/ w in we, away
/E/ e in met
/m/ m in make
/d/ d in dog

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