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De Etymologia Verbi LibriVox

"De Etymologia Verbi LibriVox"
"About the Etymology of the Word LibriVox"

I like the idea of this site:

http://librivox.org/

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free

Interesting stuff in the FAQ section:

https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=876&sid=ef6247600cd9d2415c61d0571fc8d641

What does LibriVox mean?
'LibriVox' is the sort of name you invent when you don't know Latin at all. 'Libri' means book, and 'Vox' means 'voice' -- so it means: 'BookVoice'. But it's possible Latin scholars would cringe at some error in the melding together of the two words.

No, Latin scholars would cringe at the suggestion that the word elements being melded together like that is erroneous.

Still, it sounded pretty good.

English speakers know more about Latin word formation than they give themselves credit for.

Another Latin word for book is 'Liber', which also means: 'child, offspring'; and 'free, independent, unrestricted'.

Ah, two different words here:

Līber (stem lībero-) is an adjective meaning "free, independent, unrestricted." The plural līberī is used as a noun and means "chidren" (that is, free individuals under the pater familias, as opposed to the servi, the slaves). Līber (singular) would then mean "child."

Liber (stem -libro-) is a noun meaning "book."

In compound words, the compounding form of līber ("free") is līberi-, but the compounding form of liber ("book") is libri- (in both cases, the i can drop out before a vowel).

So we like to think LibriVox might be interpreted as 'child of the voice', and 'free voice'.

The libri that you mention above is not the Latin word that means "book," but rather, it is the compounding form of the actual word for book, liber.

Liber becomes libri- in a compound word.

So, LibriVox means "BookVoice," just as you said.

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