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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 18, 2008

Lurden (n.) - A clown; an ill-bred person; a sluggard.

And seyde, lurden, what doyst thou here?
Thou art a thefe or thefeys fere.

- MS. Cantab. Ff.ii.38

Pronunciation: /lurdEn/

/l/ l in lily
/u/ oo in boot
/r/ r in red
/d/ d in dog
/E/ e in met
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day was selected from "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century", by James Orchard Halliwell.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard

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