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[422b] but if we ever get hold of a word which is no longer composed of other words, we should be right ill saying that we had at last reached an element, and that we must no longer refer to other words for its derivation.

I think you are right.

Are, then, these words about which you are now asking elements, and must we henceforth investigate their correctness by some other method?


Yes, probably, Hermogenes; at any rate, all the previous words were traced back to these.

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