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See Wiktionary:Requests for verification archive/2011/more#maihem. - -sche (discuss) 20:13, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

RFV discussion: November 2011–March 2012[edit]

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This just looks like a misspelling to me. — [Ric Laurent] — 12:08, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

It's the Anglo-French spelling according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. —CodeCat 22:40, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
Our etymology section for mayhem lists some similar spellings, but we still need citations — [Ric Laurent] — 22:46, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
Just following redlinks here, not crazy about obsolete english here.Lucifer 10:29, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
Sounds plausible as an obsolete spelling, I'll look into it before the end of the day. --Mglovesfun (talk) 11:41, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
It seems to specifically refer to maiming (mayhem sense #3), for example in this legal glossary first published in the 19th Century. --Mglovesfun (talk) 13:27, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
The OED just treats it as an obsolete spelling, without attaching any particular sense to that spelling, though the fact that the "i" spelling comes from French law suggests that a legal interpretation will be more common. Dbfirs 17:14, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
Is there a good sources for old english and old spellings in general?Lucifer 23:09, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
Reminds me of the spelling reform article “Meihem in ce Klasrum”. ~ Robin (talk) 19:50, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
I see more than a thousand hits on Google Books for this spelling, and they seem to substantiate what's been said about old legal usage. Therefore, I've removed the tag from the entry and am striking this as kept. Mg has given the entry a good definition. - -sche (discuss) 07:21, 18 March 2012 (UTC)