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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 7, 2008

Waymentynge (n.) - lamentation.

But swich a cry and swich a wo they make
That in this world nys creature lyvynge
That herde swich another waymentynge;
And of this cry they nolde nevere stenten
Til they the reynes of his brydel henten.

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

Pronunciation: /waImEnting@/

/w/ w in we, away
/aI/ ai in aisle
/m/ m in make
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no
/t/ t in tie
/i/ i in machine
/g/ g in go
/@/ a in sofa

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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