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[18] Some even expend an infinity of toil to acquire this vice, which, by the way, is nothing new: for I learn from the pages of Livy1 that there was one, a teacher, who instructed his pupils to make all they said obscure, using the Greek word σκότισον (“darken it.”) It was this same habit that gave rise to the famous words of praise, “So much the better: even I could not understand you.”

1 Perhaps in his letter to his son, for which see II. v. 20.

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