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Middle-English Word of the Day - January 22, 2008

Swonken (v.) - worked, toiled (past participle of "swink").

Aleyn wax wery in the dawenynge,
For he had swonken al the longe nyght,
And seyde, fare weel, malyne, sweete wight!

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

Pronunciation: /swOnkEn/

/s/ s in hiss
/w/ w in we, away
/O/ o in cloth
/n/ n in no
/k/ k in kin
/E/ e in met

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.

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