Apostrophe -- Etymology


Origins:

A*pos"tro*phe\, n. [(1) L., fr. Gr. ? a turning away, fr. ? to turn away; ? from + ? to turn. (2) F., fr. L. apostrophus apostrophe, the turning away or omitting [contraction] of a letter, Gr. ?.]

1525–35; < LL < Gk apostroph a turning away, equiv. to apostroph- (verbid of apostréphein; see apostrophe 1 ) + -ē n. suffix

1580–90; < MF (with pron. later altered by confusion with apostrophe 2 ), r. earlier apostrophus < LL (> MF) < Gk apóstrophos (prosōidía) eliding (mark), lit., (mark) of turning away, verbid of apostréphein to turn away, equiv. to apo- apo- + stréphein to turn;


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