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Postby THUNDER CHILD » Mon Apr 12, 2004 10:04 am


I am trying to find the word or words that make up the phrase STET, used as a proofreading mark. i wish to know the word or words in latin (i already know what it means in english).

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Postby Barrius » Mon Apr 12, 2004 12:46 pm

sto to stand, stand still, remain standing, be upright, be erect
stêt pres subj act 3rd sg

sto , stĕti, stătum, 1 (scanned stĕtĕrunt, Verg. A. 2, 774; 3, 48; Ov. H. 7, 166; Prop. 2, 8, 10), v. n. [root sta-; Sanscr. sthā, sthalam, locus; Gr. sta-, histêmi, to set, place; statêr, weight; O. H. Germ. stām; Goth. standa; Engl. stand] , to stand, in opposition to sitting, walking, or lying prostrate, to stand still, remain standing, stand upright.

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Postby whiteoctave » Mon Apr 12, 2004 1:50 pm

Yes, Barrius has given all the information you should need. It is the singular 3rd person form of an exhortation/jussive subjunctive. "stet" therefore means "let it stand", where, as you know, "it" refers to the printed parts that were decided to be omitted but were then instead decided to be kept, hence "let it stand" in the corrected version.

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