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In Greek the word strephein means "to turn." Etymology-wise, which punctuation mark turns away?




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Answer: the apostrophe

The word apostrophe derives via Middle French and Late Latin from the Greek apostrophos prosoidia, the accent of turning away (from apo, from + strephein, to turn). Note: The "turned away" aspect of the word's etymology derives from Greek rhetoric where apostrophe denoted a part of an oration that turned away from the subject at hand to address an absent thing or person.

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Nice one. It reminded me of the word "boustrophedon," also using that "strephein" root: "having alternate lines written in opposite directions."
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