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4:00 PM
(Aliquó ínstar? Quem cásum facit ínstar?)
Perhaps it's genitive, then.
It's Saturday and I'm being lazy, so I'll look it up later.
"a number of well-known modern [grammatical] terms are Renaissance innovations without any medieval counterpart, e.g. 'root', 'stem', 'suffix'." here
Hmm. In that case we can decide for ourselves!
I'd follow whatever example people have set with "prefix."
Hmm, terminatio is mentioned on p. 292 of that book, but the main point there is that the medieval grammarians just didn't think in terms of morphemes.
There must be precedent in Renaissance writing—and I'm guessing suffixum simply because the English word is "suffix".
I'm finding plenty of "suffixum" on Google Books, in what appear to be Late Latin writings. Franz Bopp uses it to describe Sanskrit!
4:17 PM
That makes sense.
It would be the neuter of the past participle of suffigere: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/suffixus#Latin
Wow, that is Living Latin from 1882!
Do you know where there is an on-line list of all the words in Latin?
I have such a thing for English. It's great for grep.
5:06 PM
Grep? What's grep?
5:21 PM
@JoelDerfner "Generalized regular expression parser". Despite the intimidating name, it's a simple command-line utility on Unix to search a text file for a pattern that you specify.
I don't know about an online list of all Latin words without definitions—there's the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, but I think you have to pay for access to that, and they all have definitions (in Latin).
Oh, so if I said, search for all instances of "incestuous sheep" in this text, it would find them?
If that's it, then why is English any better than other languages?
5:52 PM
@JoelDerfner Yes, grep would find them. It can also search for patterns, like \<a.*z\> —that is, words that start with 'a' and end with 'z'.
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10:07 PM
Q: Do petitions belong anywhere on this site?

Joonas IlmavirtaThis site may reach a fair amount of people that are willing to keep Latin and the institutions teaching and studying it alive. If a university is planning to sack all its remaining Latin professors or a country is planning to demolish its classically oriented institute in Rome, those involved mi...

10:59 PM
@C.M.Weimer, I accidentally created a new room for a conversation between us because I was trying to figure out how to ask you a question, but opening a whole room seems overkill, but now I don't know how to delete the room.
Sorry about that.
But here's the question, and it actually makes more sense to ask it of everybody anyway.
I have a lot of the "what nuances distinguish minor from ínstó"-type questions. My impression is that that there aren't a lot of people who can really answer these, and when they do, those answers tend to be very thorough, which takes time and energy. I'm loath to exhaust people by asking these questions. My thought is to ask them gradually, spread over time (and of course nobody has any obligation to answer!).
Does that seem like the right idea?
Also, how do I delete a room I accidentally opened?
11:30 PM
@JoelDerfner Ordinarily, I think it's wise to spread those difficult questions out over time. During the private beta, though, we're all going all-out to build up a rich set of questions to both serve as precedent and prove that the topic has enough material and user interest to make the site worthwhile. So, for now, go for it!
That said, I've been posting only a couple questions a day, not wanting to drown our experts in questions about "a fortiori".
Man, all the good meta questions get posted when I'm either sleeping or away.
Salve, Undo!
Yeah, I'm a little annoyed that meta answers get upvoted so quickly, before people have seen alternatives. The usual way things go on SE is that the earliest answers get the most upvotes—regardless of quality. And later answers get seen much less. Of course, this is the private beta, so the users are probably more diligent than usual.
Usually there's already someone expressing something that aligns with my views, so I just vote on that.
11:35 PM
Wow, Latin seems to lack the word "defacio". How does one say "undo" in Latin?
The best you can say is probably something like "move back"
Not a bad question. I might go ask that.
You should! :)
bbl… I mean, uh… Postea redeo…
Q: How can I say "undo" in Latin?

UndoThe question of how to express my username, Undo, in Latin recently came up in chat. As Ben Kovitz notes, Latin seems to lack the word 'defacio' or similar. How can I say my name in Latin?

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