"Make fences" for us the parable... - FRAD

Maurice A. O'Sullivan mauros at iol.ie
Sun Jan 3 16:34:32 EST 1999


At 12:54 03/01/99 -0600, you wrote:

>What is FRAD? Does it have any element of parsing that would explain how it
>came to be the basis for the word "phrase"?


 You must understand that FRAD is a root -- and that a root "contains the
mere idea of a word in the vaguest and most abstract  form possible" (as
one of the standard Greek grammars,Smyth, puts it )
So, there is no question of "parsing".

Actually, the English word "phrase" came into the language directly from
the Latin "phrasis  -- is, f". meaning "style: an expression, phrase"

FRASIS, in Greek, normally carries the meaning of "speech/ expression/
style/ way of speaking ", and the 'big' L.S.& J has only one citation (
from the school of Aristophenes) for the meaning "expression, idiom, phrase"

On the formation of nouns from verbs, etc consult any of the standard
classical Greek grammars.

Regards,

Maurice






Maurice A. O'Sullivan  [ Bray, Ireland ]
mauros at iol.ie





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