... si volet usus, quem penes arbitrium est et ius et norma loquendi -> ... if usage wills it, in whose hands are choices, rules, and norms of speech (Horace, Ars Poetica 71f.)

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usus est ius et norma loquendi -> usage is the law and norm of language?
Horace, Ars poetica, 71-72
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Horace's point in this passage is that popular language usage (usus) is the sole arbiter of which words come into, or fall out of, common use.

(Sorry to be so slow in discovering this post;  like so many others, it got "drowned" in the "streams" before I could catch it!  (-:)




 

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