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Nequam, lit. ‘nohow,’ is an Adjective in the colloquial Latin of Plautus' time, e.g. Like other Adjectives, it may act as a Noun, e.g. Poen. 159A. vin tu illi nequam (= malum) dare nunc? B. cupio. A. em, me dato”. Frugi bonae Dative (II. 27) was shortened to frugi 1, and associated with frugalis, as may be seen from these lines: Nihili (II. 32) too became an Adjective, e.g.

1 Ennius coined the word frux for homo frugi in Ann. 314 V. “dictum factumque facit frux.

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