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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But that time has long since passed, and poetry has long since evolved from its roots as a form of mnemotechny employed by singers of tales.
That which is indicated as writing, considered as the condition for the transition from prehistory to history, that is, the written sign, according to which there exist languages endowed with writing and languages that do not have writing, in reality is the transcription of oral language and arises as mnemotechny. Plato was well aware of this when he said that writing, that is to say, transcription used as mnemotechny, reduces, atrophies the memory capacity of human beings, given that transcription replaces remembering, makes remembering useless.