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[34] For words which now are old, once were new, and there are some words in use which are of quite recent origin, such as reatus,1 invented by Messala, and munerarius,2 invented by Augustus. So, too, my own teachers still persisted in banning the use of words, such as piratica, musica and fabrica, while Cicero regards favor and urbanus as but newly introduced into the language. For in a letter to Brutus he says, eum amorer et eum, ut hoc [p. 231] verbo utar, favored in consilium advocabo,3

1 The condition of an accused person.

2 The giver of a gladiatorial show.

3 This letter is lost: “I will call that love and that favour, if I may use the word, to be my counsellors.”

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