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1Of, relating to, or characteristic of Aesop, a semi-legendary Greek fabulist of the 6th cent. b.c.
2In relation to Russian and (Soviet) Communist literature: using a style or language that has hidden or ambiguous meaning, especially as a device to disguise dissident political writing in allegorical form and so avoid official censorship.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Ralph Cudworth (1617–1688), philosopher and theologian. From post-classical Latin Aesopicus from ancient Greek Αἰσωπικός (Aristophanes) from Αἴσωπος (classical Latin Aesōpus) Aesop + -ικός.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.