Monday, August 11, 2014

Save is except?

Found an interesting usage of Save in Ayn Rand's Anthem. Save means except.
Nothing moves in this tunnel save our hand on the paper.
Rand, Ayn (2012-05-12). Anthem (Kindle Locations 21-22).  . Kindle Edition.
And now there is nothing here save our one body , and it is strange to see only two legs stretched on the ground, and on the wall before us the shadow of our one head.
Rand, Ayn (2012-05-12). Anthem (Kindle Locations 23-24).  . Kindle Edition. 

save 2 prep. & conj. FORMAL or POETIC/LITERARY except; other than: no one needed to know save herself; the kitchen was empty save for Boris. <ORIGIN> Middle English: from Old French sauf, sauve, from Latin salvo, salva (ablative singular of salvus 'safe'), used in phrases such as salvo jure, salva innocentia 'with no violation of right or innocence'.

 (2010-04-01). The New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle Locations 731421-731426). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Example: No one need to know what I write in the Ratology Heal Blog save myself.

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