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or it withers ex and the ablative groove

                                                                             not with the simple ablative but with ex and the ablative
[ from the Latin ablatus, “taken away,” past participle of auferre “to carry off or away” ]
                                               For example let us take
                               “so that one’s thought and expression will follow the groove,” or
             “it withers even while he is puttering in sham fashion with it,” or
“There is some joint.”

— from George Johnson (Lincoln University, PA.) a communication re: “A Latin Test” in School and Society 4:89 (Saturday, September 9, 1916) : 404-405 : link
same (U California copy) via hathitrust : link

refers to —
Joseph Kennedy (The Univerity of North Dakota, Grand Forks), “Theory and Verification” in School and Society 4:86 (August 19, 1916) : 279-283 : link

etymological note from etymonline : link

28 March 2023