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Middle-English Word of the Day - March 31, 2008

Stynten (v.) - to stint, cease, pause.

And seyde, "lord and frend and brother dere,
God woot that thi disese doth me wo.
But wiltow stynten al this woful cheere,
And by my trouthe, er it be dayes two,
And god to-forn, yet shal I shape it so,

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

Pronunciation: /stintEn/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/t/ t in tie
/i/ i in machine
/n/ n in no
/E/ e in met

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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