[B-Greek] Comprehensive Collection of Carl's Ad Nauseums

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Sun Sep 16 17:46:07 EDT 2007

On Sep 16, 2007, at 3:09 PM, John M. Linebarger wrote:

> I've only been a subscriber to the B-Greek list for a few months  
> now, but I've come to recognize a pattern.  Whenever Carl Conrad  
> introduces a concept with the phrase, "I've been insisting on this  
> list ad nauseum that ...," I know that a paedogogical pearl is  
> coming.  So I thought I'd start collecting in one place a list of  
> Carl's ad nauseums, and I'd like your help in coming up with a  
> comprehensive list.  (Please feel free to chime in yourself, Carl;  
> ad fontes and all that.)
> 1.  Learn at least a year of Attic Greek before proceeding to Koine  
> Greek
> 2.  The goal of learning Greek should be to think in Greek, not to  
> produce an English translation
> 3.  Reading large chunks of unfamiliar text is vital to being able  
> to master the language
> 4.  Before looking up a word in the lexicon, exhaust all near and  
> far contextual possibilities first.  In other words, try very hard  
> to figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word from its context  
> before giving up and looking it up in the dictionary.
> Other additions or corrections?  Eulogiai!

Another thing I think I have said ad nauseam is: When you do consult  
a lexicon, go to a good one with full entries -- NOT just two or  
three glosses (BDAG is not perfect, but I don't know anything that's  
really better for NT Greek); once there, don't just scan the lexicon  
entry for something that will match your context but STUDY the entry  
and try to get a sense of the range of senses and contexts in which  
the word appears -- read the exemplary citations carefully. When you  
look up a word, make it an opportunity not just to make a caasual  
acquaintance with a word but try to gain some measure of intimate  
familiarity with it.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Ret)

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