Thursday, April 27, 2023


Comparatively Rare

T. Selby Henrey, Good Stories from Oxford and Cambridge and the Dioceses (London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd., 1922), p. 86:
In the Homeric Grammar by D.B. Monro, late Provost of Oriel, the following words are to be found on page 7: "Meaning of the Middle ... (2) The use in which the agent is the direct object of the action, as λούο-μαιI wash myself. This is comparatively rare." It is current in Oxford that an undergrad first detected the humorous side of this sentence.

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