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Re: [BKARTS] Origin of word



The greek spelling uses the greek alphabet, obviously. The german
spelling is a transcription of the original Greek. There are various
traditions in various languages for transcribing ancient greek words.
Whether "bostrophedon" is the accepted transcription in German I don't
know, though I have reason to doubt it because "bos" is the Latin for
cow and "bous" is Greek, so "bostrophedon" would subject the user to
the ridicule of confusing the two. In English it's "boustrophedon,"
as glance at the Oxford English Dictionary will tell you.

On Tuesday I will be passing by a serious German dictionary or two and
I can check this out if you wish. Strikes me as a bit of krokylegmus,
though.


Paul T Werner, New York
http://theorangepress.com

WOID: A journal of visual language
THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and
Technique"
DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the
techniques of the medieval scribe

----- Original Message -----
From: Joan Michaels Paque <joanmichaels@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2005 8:57 am
Subject: Re: Origin of word

> Paul,
>
> My students and I thank you for the informative and interesting
answer
> to my query
> as to the origin of the word Boustrophedon.  Now, I'm wondering about
> the spelling?
> The Germanic  spelling doesn't have the letter "u".  I suspect that
> both are correct.
> Appreciate your efforts.
>
> Joan Michaels Paque
> JMP Atelier
>
> www.joanmichaels.paque.com
>
> Paul T Werner wrote:
>
> >My trusty Bailly (pretty much the last word in Greek dictionaries)
> >gives the following (which I translate from the French):
> >
> >"Boustrophedon:" adv. turning from one line to the other, like oxen
> >from one furrow to the next, i. e., writing alternately left to
right
> >and right to left, writing practice found in ancient Greek
> >inscriptions.
> >
> >The source is Pausanias, 5, 17, 6. Pausanias was the author of an
> >ancient Greek guidebook circa 180 CE.
> >
> >Chaire!
> >
> >Paul T Werner, New York
> >http://theorangepress.com
> >
> >WOID: A journal of visual language
> >THE ORANGE PRESS, publishing "Vellum Preparation: History and
> >Technique"
> >DRAGONSBLOOD AND ASHES, a project to research and practice the
> >techniques of the medieval scribe
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
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