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[47] And it is not merely in writing that this may occur, but you will find, unless you exercise the greatest care, that there are a number of persons who take pleasure in putting an indecent interpretation on words, thinking, as Ovid1 says:
“that whatsoe'er is hid is best of all.
Nay, an obscene meaning may be extracted even from words which are as far removed from indecency as possible. Celsus, for example, detects an instance of κακέμφατον in the Virgilian2 phrase:
incipiunt agitata tumescere;
but if this point of view be accepted, it will be risky to say anything at all.

1 Met. i. 502.

2 Georg. i. 357.

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