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Re: OOPS (was: Cardinals & ordinals)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Saturday, September 13, 2003, 16:04
Ray Brown scripsit:
> <blushes deeply> > > In my last mail on this topic I said French *segon is from Latin > 'secundum'. What I should have said is that SPANISH _segun_ > "according to" is from Latin 'secundum'.
Huh. At least you didn't use the nominative for the accusative: Priscian's head shrinks, cracks. But then in De Camp's wonderful uchronia _Lest Darkness Fall_, he quotes a bit of Gothic, but uses the nominative instead of the vocative (and the whole was utterly garbled by the publisher): "Ho, frijond! Allai skattjans sind waidedjans." (Hey, friend. All merchants are thieves.) -- "And it was said that ever after, if any John Cowan man looked in that Stone, unless he had a great strength of will to turn it to other purpose, he saw only two aged hands withering in flame." --"The Pyre of Denethor"