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Middle-English Word of the Day - January 29, 2008

Payndemayn (n.) - best quality white bread, usually thought to derive from "panis dominis" (L. "lord's bread").

Sire thopas wax a doghty swayn;
Whit was his face as payndemayn,
His lippes rede as rose;
His rode is lyk scarlet in grayn,
And I yow telle in good certayn,
He hadde a semely nose.

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

Pronunciation: /paIndEmaIn/

/p/ p in pepper
/aI/ ai in aisle
/n/ n in no
/d/ d in dog
/E/ e in met
/m/ m in make

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.

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