benissimus wrote:The verb is only used in the imperative (as a greeting/farewell) and infinitive (usually in the construction saluere iubere), rendering any other principal parts unnecessary. The exceptionally rare finite forms are dubbed "nonce-uses" by the OLD.
abstracted from phrase for Ã¾e naness (c.1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," itself a misdivision of for Ã¾an anes "for the one," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the Ã¾an being from O.E. dative def. article Ã¾am. The phrase used from c.1315 as an empty filler in metrical composition. Hence, nonce-word "word coined for a special occasion," 1954.
Anyway, words only found in one place are usually called á¼…Ï€Î±Î¾ Î»ÎµÎ³ÏŒÎ¼ÎµÎ½Î¿Î½, -Î± 'once read' (and in the plural)Cato wrote:He said word forms which appeared only once in all extant classical literature were dubbed "an once use" by British classicists
metrodorus wrote:Salveo, of course is used, for example in reply to a query about one's health, once can say
Answer: "non salveo" I am not well.
metrodorus wrote:Salveo occurs in Plautus.
Simply becuase an occurrences of a Latin phrase only occurs once in the tiny corpus of Classical Latin that has been handed down to us, does not mean it wasn't an everyday expression.
If we were to remove every usage that is only attested to once, we would lose rather a large chunk of Classical Latin.
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