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[28] Etymology inquires into the origin of words, and [p. 125] was called notation by Cicero,1 on the ground that the term used by Aristotle2 is σύμβολον, which may be translated by nota. A literal rendering of ἐτυμολογία would be ueriloquium, a form which even Cicero, its inventor, shrinks from using. Some again, with an eye to the meaning of the word, call it origination. Etymology is sometimes of the utmost use, whenever the word under discussion needs interpretation.

1 Top. viii. 35.

2 περὶ ἑρμ. 2.

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