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In ancient Greek comedy: an ode sung in response to another, forming part of the parabasis.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in James Drake (d. 1707), political and medical writer. From Greek ἀντῳδή (in the parabasis of ancient Greek comedy) lyric passage responding to the ode (in Scholia (Byzantine Greek or earlier) on Aristophanes Wasps 1091, Clouds 298) from ancient Greek ἀντι- + ᾠδή.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.