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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Priscian’s Head.
 
To break Priscian’s head (in Latin, “Diminure Priscia’ni cap’ut”). To violate the rules of grammar. Priscian was a great grammarian of the fifth century, whose name is almost synonymous with grammar.   1
        “Priscian’s head is often bruised without remorse.”—P. Thompson.
       
“And held no sin so deeply red
As that of breaking Priscian’s head.”
       
Butler: Hudibras, pt. ii. 2.
 


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