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Middle-English Word of the Day - January 10, 2008

Schenden (v.) - to harm, ruin, disgrace.

His true titill thei toke thame no tome for to attende it,
But as a traitour atteynted thei toled hym and tuggid hym,
Thei schonte for no schoutis his schappe for to schende it,
Thei rasid hym on rode als full rasely thei rugged hym.

- Anonymous: The York plays (1440)

Pronunciation: /stSEnd@/

/s/ s in hiss
/tS/ ch in chin
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no
/d/ d in dog
/@/ a in sofa

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