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recto (REK-toe) noun

A right-hand page of a book or the front side of a leaf, on the other side of the verso.

[From Latin (folio) recto, (the leaf) being right, ablative of rectus, straight, right.]

"This concern was also expressed in efforts to control the speech of poor women. Insult and blasphemy cases very often involved women: see for example ASO Giudiziario Exgravator II, 4 verso; Registro I, 15 recto," Lansing, Carol, Gender and civic authority: sexual control in a medieval Italian town., Journal of Social History, 22 Sep 1997.

This week's theme: words about books.

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