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Middle-English Word of the Day - June 6, 2008

Mirke (v./n.) - To darken, dark, darkness.

3yf thou brake ever any kyrke,
On day or yn ny3t, yn myrke,
Thou art acursed, thou woste weyl.

- MS. Harl. 1701

Pronunciation: /mirk@/

/m/ m in make
/i/ i in machine
/r/ r in red
/k/ k in kin
/@/ a in sofa

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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