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[39] Hence we get forms such as belligerare and pomeridiem, to which the diee hanc1 of Cato the Censor, where the final m is softened into an e, presents an analogy. Unlearned readers are apt to alter such forms when they come across them in old books, and in their desire to decry the ignorance of the scribes convict themselves of the same fault.

1 i.e. for belligerares, postmeridiem and diem hanc.

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