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

Dyden (v.) - to do, put, make, cause (a variant of "don").

The gentyle Lorde thenne payegh hys hyne.
Thay dyden hys heste, thay wern thereine;
Why schulde he not her labour alow,
Hys, and pay hem at the fyrst fyneth

- Anonymous: Pearl (1400)

Pronunciation: /didEn/

Key
/d/ d in dog
/i/ i in machine
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

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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