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Re: [xmca] Where anecdote got its bad rep


Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek Lexicon. I shop for my Greek etymology at Perseus (smile): http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cache/perscoll_PersInfo.html They have a number of Greek lexicons, but I find the LSJ seems most convincing. The Liddell-Scott (the cheap version - smile - which I have) indicates a sense of real or true, but I see nothing in any of the lexicons like "the one right meaning" although I guess it depends on how you think about 'true' or 'real.'


On Feb 10, 2009, at 9:55 PM, Mike Cole wrote:

Thanks Ed-- Restores hope; write to to wikipedia and miriam-web with the good news.

Phew. narrow escape.
Authoritative source I can haul out and hurl at the non-doubters?


On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 6:20 PM, Ed Wall <ewall@umich.edu> wrote:

For what it is worth a perhaps better etymology of ἔτῠμος is "the true sense of a word according to its origin."

Ed Wall

On Feb 1d. 2009, at 5:33 PM, Mike Cole wrote:

There is this great deal where Mirriam Webster sends you the word of the
day. Lots of
interesting stuff there. This one tell us where anecdote got is bad rep

easy to join and free.

The BIg disappoint for me was to find out that the etymology of the word
etymology is from a
Greek word meaning, in essence, "the one right meaning"!!


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From: <word@m-w.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 3:58 AM
Subject: anecdote: M-W's Word of the Day
To: lchcmike@gmail.com

Merriam-Webster's Slang Rules! teaches English learners how to identify
slang and how Americans use it, making it the perfect companion to
Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.

The Word of the Day for February 10 is:

anecdote   \AN-ik-doht\   noun
: a usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical

Example sentence:
Pastor Andrews often included light-hearted anecdotes from his personal
experience in his Sunday sermons.

Did you know?
The Byzantine official Procopius wrote three historical works in Greek. In the first two, he dealt with wars and public works projects, but the third was something of a departure from this kind of history. Referred to as "Anekdota," from the Greek "a-" meaning "not," and "ekdidonai," meaning "to publish," it contained bitter attacks on the emperor Justinian, his wife, and other notables of contemporary Constantinople. Understandably, it was not published until after its writer's death. English speakers originally
used an anglicized version of the book's name for similar secret or
unpublished histories or biographies, and by the 17th century, the meaning
of "anecdote" had been broadened to cover any interesting or amusing
personal tale.

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