From: Carl W. Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 05:52:25 EST
After deleting part of the sentence cited I didn't rephrase it; it should
be: "although etymology is said to be unhelpful in explaining current word
usage, ..." That's not the key part of my note, but it might help indicate
what I was thinking (or WHETHER I was thinking!).
>etymology is said to be unhelpful in explaining useful, in this instance
>it's worth noting that PROS is originally an alternative form of the same
>root as PRO and PROS and that all have a fundamental sense of "before,"
>"facing" or "fronting" or even "confronting." Aristotle's PROS TI in the
>"Categories" is the category of "relationship," and "in relationship to
>God" is surely one intelligible and appropriate way of expressing the sense
>of PROS TON QEON in English; the traditional "with God" and "in the
>presence of God" seem to me also unobjectionable.
>Carl W. Conrad
>Co-Chair, B-Greek List
>Department of Classics, Washington University
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