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

Lomp (v.) - happened (past tense of "limpen", meaning to happen, to belong to).

For vus he lette hym flyghe and folde
And brede vpon a bostwys bem;
As meke as lomp that no playnt tolde
For vus he swalt in Jerusalem.

- Anonymous: Pearl (1400)

Pronunciation: /lOmp/

Key
/l/ l in lily
/O/ o in cloth
/m/ m in make
/p/ p in pepper

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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