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Middle-English Word of the Day - May 20, 2008

Awyrien (v.) - To curse; to execrate.

They wolden awyrien that wight
For his wel dedes,
And so they chewen charite,
As chewen shaf houndes.

- Piers Ploughman

Pronunciation: /oUiriEn/

Key
/oU/ o in note
/i/ i in machine
/r/ r in red
/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
http://www.island.net/~hamill/medieval/mepronunc.html
http://www.kirshenbaum.net/IPA/


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