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[431e]

Socrates
Perhaps, then, one artisan of names will be good, and another bad?

Cratylus
Yes.

Socrates
The name of such an artisan was lawgiver?

Cratylus
Yes.

Socrates
Perhaps, then, by Zeus, as is the case in the other arts, one lawgiver may be good and another bad, if we accept our previous conclusions.

Cratylus
That is true. But you see, Socrates, when by the science of grammar we assign these letters—alpha, beta, and the rest—to names,


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