Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Maumet (n.) - A representation of a pagan deity; an idol, image, or doll.

Gurmund makede aenne tur; ther-inne he bulde aenne bur.
ther-inne he pleoghede his plaghen; tha me luuede a theon daghen.
ther-inne he hafde his maumet; tha he heold for his god.
Hit i-lomp on ane daeighe; that Gurmund mid his dughethe.

- Layamon, fl.1200: Brut (MS Cotton Caligula) (1205)

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

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.