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

Lemen (v.) - to shine, to gleam, to light.

Deliuerly he dressed vp, er the day sprenged,
For there watz lyght of a laumpe that lemed in his chambre;
He called to his chamberlayn, that cofly hym swared,
And bede hym bryng hym his bruny and his blonk sadel;

- Anonymous: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /lEmEn/

Key
/l/ l in lily
/E/ e in met
/m/ m in make
/n/ n in no

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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