12.0386 oh yes it is!

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 23:31:56 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 386.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 23:34:01 +0000
From: Francois Crompton-Roberts <F.Crompton-Roberts@qmw.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: cui prodest

> > Those humanists who are also Latinists should note that cui bono is
> > incorrectly rendered here: this is the double-dative construction always
> > missed by students; best rendering would be something like "who benefits?"
> I am not sure here (I am not a Latinist, though a Roman), but "who
> benefits" isn't the translation of "cui prodest?"

As British schoolchildren scream at pantomimes, "Oh yes it is!"

Look it up in your dictionary under "prosum", not "prodeo".

Francois C-R

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