Term: a Chaucerian parallel

Donka Minkova Minkova at HUMnet.UCLA.EDU
Sat Jan 17 17:02:39 UTC 1998

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>(Hey -- how come no women?)
>Larry Trask
This is not a feminist response to the terminological quest, but it seems
to me that balance in nature is so pervasive that we don't need a special
term for it. The situation is well covered by the Latin legal maxim:
"Qui in uno gravatur in alio debet relevari"
which Chaucer turns cleverly into:
For, John, ther is a lawe that says thus:
That gif a man in a point be agreved,
That in another he sal be releved. . .
The context is famous: "John" is one of the clerks in The Reeve's Tale.
Funny things are about to happen. . .
Donka Minkova
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