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A comma, you say?

Posted by Massimo Mazzucco on May 11, 2001

In Reply to: A mnemonic posted by R. Berg on May 11, 2001

Here's something for you "comma lovers" to toy with.
Is anyone aware of the Latin horacle, which became famous for a "comma only" difference?
Some famous warrior asked about his upcoming war campaign, and the response was:
"Ibis, redibis, non morieris in bello."
Or was it:
"Ibis, redibis non, morieris in bello?"
As I said, only a comma would have been moved - but it meant a big difference for the warrior alright!
Ok guys, the (US) clock is ticking!