Bk 1. xxxiv 6-10 De vitiis (cont)

(detail) Brit.Lib Harley MS 3009   f.10v


I confess that I’d rather read James Joyce than the Blue Book, though it is also true that I’d rather read Daphne du Maurier than a modern writer of fantasy-fiction. du Maurier’s English is elegant and she knew all the rules – Joyce just chose to break them.

To show that being a grammar-fanatic doesn’t necessarily kill one’s sense of humour.  


Richard Dobbs’ website is recommended    – despite the irony of its title’s using the tautological  ‘British English’.  (By definition and as default,  English is the language of England, for which ‘Britain’ is just a politically correct, but almost meaningless substitute.  Just as the French don’t have to call their language ‘French French’ but Canadians and others may specify ‘Canadian French’ (etc.) so the the English don’t have to qualify the word – everyone else does ( Australian English, American English, New Zealand English etc.) Still a good site. It’s effectively Isidore’s Book 1 for the twenty-first century.

for the truly fervid…. 🙂

  • Laurențiu Moț, Morphological and Syntactical Irregularities in the Book of RevelationA Greek Hypothesis, (2016).


  • small border – (detail) Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. gr. 139  (‘The Paris Psalter)  f.6v
  • bands –  1. (detail) ibid., f. 1v;  and 2 (detail – edited) from f.6v,



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