Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Ancient Greek

F.W.H. Myers (1843-1901), Essays Classical (London: Macmillan and Co., 1883), p. 133:
There never has been, there never will be, a language like the dead Greek. For Greek had all the merits of other tongues without their accompanying defects. It had the monumental weight and brevity of the Latin without its rigid unmanageability; the copiousness and flexibility of the German without its heavy commonness and guttural superfluity; the pellucidity of the French without its jejuneness; the force and reality of the English without its structureless comminution.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines comminution as "Reduction or breaking up into small fragments."

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