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Please provide references to any scholarly discussions of the common idiomatic practice, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries, and especially concerning the transition from Latin and French to English in the law, to use the same noun for a state or activity and for those engaged in it. Some examples are:
I recall finding several papers on the idiom years ago but can't remember where to look to relocate them. You may email to EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead .
Last edited by Jon_Roland; 23-Oct-2007 at 23:55. Reason: grammar
Yes, I have tried Google Scholar, but not found what I am looking for there. Need a forum of English scholars. Is there a better one that this?