John 7:2

In this video, I talk about proximus (superlative) and propior (comparative), both connected to prope, the adverbial form of the positive degree of an adjective which itself is not attested in Latin. Prope, however, is common at all periods of Latin. Lewis and Short postulated a positive-degree adjective *propis (the word I mention as having ‘fallen out of use’), but I have since learned that L&S were wrong about this. For more on the Proto-Indo-European ancestor of prope, see De Vaan’s Etymological Dictionary of Latin or the Oxford Latin Dictionary sub verbo.



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