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Raimundus A. Brown scripsit:

> The Latin perfect tense could be used this way.  There is the famous
> occasion when Cicero announced that certain people had been executed
> (Cataline & followers IIRC) with: "Vixerunt" -  'they've stopped living'.

And of course the first line of many of my postings has another
fine example: "scripsit", meaning not merely "wrote", but "has written" =
"has finished writing".

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John Cowan      http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              [log in to unmask]
        You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
        You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
                Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)