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Middle-English Word of the Day - May 15, 2008

Swinge (v.) - To beat; to chastise.

An ofte dede him sore swinge,
And wit hondes smerte dinge;
So that the blod ran of his fleys,
That tendre was, and swithe neys.

- Havelock, 214.

Pronunciation: /swing@/

Key
/s/ s in hiss
/w/ w in we, away
/i/ i in machine
/n/ n in no
/g/ g in go
/@/ 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
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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