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priscian's head

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  • 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