Re: Quote of the Day

Subject: Re: Quote of the Day
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Jim Barrow <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:39:52 -0700 (PDT)

It might help to use a real dictionary:

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin scriba official writer, from
scribere to write; akin to Greek skariphasthai to scratch an outline
1 : a member of a learned class in ancient Israel through New Testament
times studying the Scriptures and serving as copyists, editors,
teachers, and jurists
2 a : an official or public secretary or clerk b : a copier of
3 : WRITER; specifically : JOURNALIST

This is one of the many uncountable reasons I've stopped using some
"free" resources as references in my work. I get let down by partial
truths too many times.

And your linguistic root:

To cut, separate, sift. Extension of sker-1. 1. scribble, scribe,
script, scriptorium, Scripture, serif, shrive; ascribe, circumscribe,
conscript, describe, festschrift, inscribe, manuscript, postscript,
prescribe, proscribe, rescript, subscribe, superscribe, transcribe,
from Latin scrbere, to scratch, incise, write. 2. scarify1, from Greek
skarphos, scratching, sketch, pencil. (Pokorny 4. (s)ker-, Section II.

--- Jim Barrow <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:

> "A scribe (or scrivener) is an ancient professional...usually
> involv[ing] secretarial and administrative duties such as taking of
> dictation." [shudder]
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