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Headword: Ἀκκώ
Adler number: alpha,946
Translated headword: Akko, Acco
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A woman lampooned for her stupidity. They say that when she was looking in a mirror once she began a conversation with her own reflection, as though it were someone else. This is the origin of the [verb] to akko-ize.[1] They say that she also knocked in a peg with a sponge.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἀκκώ: γυνὴ ἐπὶ μωρίᾳ διαβαλλομένη, ἥν φασιν ἐνοπτριζομένην τῇ ἰδίᾳ εἰκόνι ὡς ἑτέρᾳ διαλέγεσθαι. ὅθεν καὶ τὸ ἀκκίζεσθαι. ταύτην φασὶ καὶ σπόγγῳ πάτταλον κρούειν.
Notes:
Zenobius 1.53 and other paroemiographers.
[1] cf. alpha 878 (where in fact the principal idea is the pretence, rather than the reality, of stupidity etc.; see also LSJ s.v.).
[2] cf. sigma 953. Since πάτταλος ('peg') is a euphemism for the membrum virile, a sexual connotation is not to be excluded, but there is no trace of it in other attestations of the phrase "pound a peg with a sponge", which is generally applied to efforts that are doomed to failure; cf. Mantissa Proverbiorum 2.88, Aristaenetus, Epistle 2.20.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; comedy; daily life; definition; proverbs; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 23 April 2001@07:23:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 23 April 2001@10:24:59.
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