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[13] Again, another source of ambiguity arises from leaving it doubtful in a written document whether a syllable is long or short. Cato, for example, means one thing in the nominative when its second syllable is short, and another in the dative or ablative when the same syllable is long.1 There are also a number of other forms of ambiguity which it is unnecessary for me to describe at length.

1 sc. of the adjective catus, shrewd.

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