Saturday, June 10, 2023


Conjectural Emendation

Norman Page, A.E. Housman: A Critical Biography (1983; rpt. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1996), p. 146 (quoting from Housman's Notebooks):
Conjectural emendation as practised by —— is not a game, an exercise requiring skill and heed, like marbles or skittles or cat's-cradle, but a pastime, like leaning against a wall and spitting.
My favourite work of fiction, the Latin dictionary.

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