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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.


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

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