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[46] As for solecisms connected with expressions of quantity, there are some who will regard phrases such as magnum peculiolum1 as a solecism, because the diminutive is used instead of the ordinary noun, which implies no diminution. I think I should call it a misuse of the diminutive rather than a solecism; for it is an error of sense, whereas solecisms are not errors of sense, but rather faulty combinations of words.

1 Lit. “A great little fortune.”

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