Thursday, May 17, 2007



The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) Online Word of the Day for today is literator. The first definition is "A pretender to learning, a sciolist. Obs."

The Sciolist would be a good name for a blog like this one. Unfortunately was appropriated by someone who made only two inane blog posts back in 2003. There should be a way to reclaim these abandoned blog names.

Sciolist comes from Latin sciolus, a disparaging diminutive of scius (knowing).

Lewis & Short in their Latin dictionary, s.v. sciolus, cite Arnobius 2.86 (text doubtful) and three passages from St. Jerome's letters (48.18, 58.5, and 125.16).

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