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Q. I know that Stentor was a Greek herald in the Trojan War. I'm wondering if his name has anything to do with the origin of the English word ``stenography.'' It would kind of make sense, in a way, given that stenographers, like heralds, play a role in passing on public information. Did I guess right?
A. Your guess …