Saturday, July 23, 2022



Plato, Phaedo 115e (tr. Reginald Hackforth):
Then turning to Crito, 'My best of friends,' he continued, 'I would assure you that misuse of language is not only distasteful in itself, but actually harmful to the soul.'

εὖ γὰρ ἴσθι, ἦ δ᾽ ὅς, ὦ ἄριστε Κρίτων, τὸ μὴ καλῶς λέγειν οὐ μόνον εἰς αὐτὸ τοῦτο πλημμελές, ἀλλὰ καὶ κακόν τι ἐμποιεῖ ταῖς ψυχαῖς.
πλημμελής = out of tune, off-key, hence inappropriate, harmful, outrageous, from πλήν + μέλος.

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