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Middle-English Word of the Day - April 25, 2008

Mountance (n.) - amount, space, duration.

In al this world ther is no creature,
That eten or dronken hath of this confiture
Noght but the montance of a corn of whete,
That he ne shal his lif anon forlete;

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

Pronunciation: /mAUntAns/

/m/ m in make
/aU/ au in Paul, aw in awl
/n/ n in no
/t/ t in tie
/A/ a in father
/s/ s in hiss

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