Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday's learn and earn...


boustrophedon  \boo-struh-FEE-dahn\ ~ noun

DEFINITION: the writing of alternate lines in opposite directions (as from left to right and from right to left)

EXAMPLES: The archaeologist was quick to see that the text was written in boustrophedon.

"Some writing systems, like the ancient Greeks' boustrophedon, in which alternate lines are read in opposite directions, appear to actually support these pre-literary inclinations." -- From an article in The Economist (U.S. Edition), July 10, 2010

DID YOU KNOW? Before the standardization of writing from left to right, ancient Greek inscribers once used a style called "boustrophedon," a word meaning literally "turning like oxen in plowing." When they came to the end of a line, the ancient Greeks simply started the next line immediately below the last letter, writing the letters and words in the opposite direction, and thus following the analogy of oxen plowing left to right, then right to left. "Reverse boustrophedon" writing has also been found in which the inscribers turned the document 180 degrees before starting a new line so that the words are always read left to right with every half turn. The word "boustrophedon" itself is formed from the Greek word for the ox or cow, "bous," and the verb "strephein," which means "to turn."


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I hope you are all having a great week so far!


1 comment:

I love to read your comments, but due to spamming I have had to turn on the word verification again. Sorry for the extra step.