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Re: Translation question

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 6, 2000, 20:12
At 9:44 am -0500 3/1/99, DOUGLAS KOLLER wrote:
> >Sidebar -- is a cognomen is a cognomen is a cognomen?
_cognomen_ originally meant much the same as 'nickname' (an eke-name) as, of course, did sur-name. I would guess it was much like traditional nicknames in the village where I grew up. There was one guy known as "Bumper" - no one new why, except that his father had been nicknamed "Bumper" and so had his father before him etc. Or does "Caecus"
>really refer to this particular family's ability to see?
I doubt it. I guess some forebear was nicknamed 'caecus' either because he was actually blind or was short-sighted, and the name just got past on. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================