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sionnach commented on the word priscian's head
as used in the phrase, "to break Priscian's head", meaning to violate the rules of grammar. Priscian was a great grammarian of the fifth century, whose name is almost synonymous with grammar.
“And held no sin so deeply red
As that of breaking Priscian’s head.�?
Butler: Hudibras, pt. ii. 2.
January 11, 2009
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