Monthly Archives: September 2005

Dueling Quotations

Aristotle’s is well-known, the first sentence of the Metaphysics: pántes hoi ánthropoi toû eidénai orégontai phúsei. All humans by nature desire knowledge. Plato’s is less well-known, being tucked away in a complex argument in Book VII of the Republic (535e), … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To Siculate Lunate Sigmas?

In the thirty years since I first heard of them, I’ve had the vague impression that siculate lunate sigmas, like adscript iotas for the traditional subscripts and use of capital V and small u for both vowels and consonants in … Continue reading

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Two Jokes In Chekhov

Some purely verbal jokes work equally well in many languages. Here is a paragraph of Chekhov’s one-page squib, “From a Retired Teacher’s Notebook”: The words ‘proposition’ and ‘conjunction’ make schoolgirls modestly lower their eyes and blush, but the terms ‘organic’ … Continue reading

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One-Word Joke

 Silius  Update: (9/5, 4:15pm) Since no one has ‘gotten’ it yet, here’s another version of the joke with the same answer:  Baebius  And here are two more, non-Classical this time, with a different, but parallel, answer:  Philip   Charles 

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