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

Bannikin (n.) - A small drinking cup.

But since it is resolved otherwise,
I pray you bid the butler bring up his bannikins,
and I'll make you all lords like myself.

- Account of Grocers' Company

Pronunciation: /bAnIkIn/

/b/ b in boy
/A/ a in father
/n/ n in no
/I/ i in bit
/k/ k in kin

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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