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A.Word.A.Day--barratorPronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
barrator, barrater or barretor (BAR-uh-tuhr) noun
One who commits barratry, which is
[From Vulgar Latin prattare, from Greek prattein (to do).]
"Thus in the second circle nest
"This is Virgil's description of the denizens of Malebolge, the eighth and penultimate circle of hell, in which those who practiced fraud are punished. For Dante, barratry, the buying and selling of civil office, was equally contemptible as the sin of simony, the buying or selling of ecclesiastical office, for which we hear the names of three popes angrily recounted in Inferno XIX."
This week's theme: words from Dante's Inferno, a verse translation by Jean Hollander and Robert Hollander.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet, dramatist, novelist, and philosopher (1749-1832)
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