anecdotum

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from anecdota, reinterpreting the nominative neuter plural case ending -a as a Latin case ending (singular: -um), rather than (as is etymologically-consistent) as an Ancient Greek case ending (singular: -on, from -ον ‎(-on)); perhaps reinforced by Latin anecdotum.

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Noun[edit]

anecdotum ‎(plural anecdota)

  1. (rare, Latinate) Alternative spelling of anecdote
    • 1837, Friedrich Adolf Ebert and Arthur Browne, A General Bibliographical Dictionary, entry 8,304, page 633
      Ang. Mai published it anew by mistake as an anecdotum, under the title, Philonis Judæi de virtute ejusque partibus.
    • 1965, David Roy Shackleton Bailey, Cicero’s Letters to Atticus, 371 (xiv. 17) — Pompeii, 3 May 44 — cicero to atticus: ¶ 6, page 49 (University Press)
      I have not yet quite polished that anecdotum of mine to my satisfaction.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀνέκδοτος ‎(anékdotos, accounts unpublished), from ᾰ̓ν- ‎(an-, negative prefix) (English an-) + ἔκδοτος ‎(ékdotos, published), from ἐκδῐ́δωμῐ ‎(ekdídōmi, I publish), from ἐκ ‎(ek, out) +‎ δῐ́δωμῐ ‎(dídōmi, I give).

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Noun[edit]

anecdotum n ‎(genitive anecdotī); second declension

  1. a short story or narrative, anecdote

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Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative anecdotum anecdota
genitive anecdotī anecdotōrum
dative anecdotō anecdotīs
accusative anecdotum anecdota
ablative anecdotō anecdotīs
vocative anecdotum anecdota

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