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Headword: *po/ppuze
Adler number: pi,2058
Translated headword: blow kisses!
Vetting Status: high
In the Epigrams: "play the kiss on your own; blow kisses to yourself in vain." Meaning flatter, charm.
Greek Original:
*po/ppuze: e)n *)epigra/mmasi: pai=ze mo/nh to\ fi/lhma: ma/thn po/ppuze seauth=|. a)nti\ tou= kola/keue, kh/lei.
This second-person singular imperative is from the onomatopoeic verb for the sound of smacking the lips in calling horses and other animals (cf. pi 2059), or blowing kisses to someone out of reach.
In Greek Anthology 5.245.5, cited here, Macedonius the Consul sarcastically continues "with lips bare, not mingled with someone else", suggesting that the girl will not have success beyond practising narcissistic kisses blown to herself. Compare 5.285, where the writer uses the verb for giving imitation kisses around the girdle of a girl. See another extract from Greek Anthology 5.245 at kappa 1694.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; poetry; women; zoology
Translated by: Robert Dyer on 6 March 2002@15:52:16.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 12 September 2002@08:12:43.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 26 October 2011@07:33:34.
David Whitehead (x-ref) on 26 October 2011@07:34:18.
David Whitehead (coding) on 24 May 2016@03:14:16.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 30 December 2018@02:01:00.
Ronald Allen (added cross-reference note (end)) on 13 August 2023@22:44:53.
Ronald Allen (typo note; tweaked note in consultation with Managing Editor Catharine Roth) on 14 August 2023@14:41:04.


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