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Headword: *)eskima/lisen
Adler number: epsilon,3150
Translated headword: flipped off
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] was insulting by joining the thumb to the middle finger and striking it.[1] Or meaning gave the finger: for to flip off is strictly speaking to insert the middle finger into the anus of a bird.[2] Not only this, but also when people want to humiliate someone they extend their middle finger, drawing the rest together, and show it to him. Aristophanes [writes]: "[...] and how he flipped off the spear-maker."[3]
Greek Original:
*)eskima/lisen: tw=| me/sw| daktu/lw| sunarmo/sas to\n me/gan kai\ plh/cas e)fubri/zei. h)\ a)nti\ tou= katedaktu/lise: skimali/sai ga/r e)sti kuri/ws to\ me/son to\n da/ktulon ei)s to\n prwkto\n tou= o)rne/ou e)mbalei=n. ou) mo/non de\ tou=to, a)lla\ kai\ o(/tan boulo/menoi e)nubri/sai tina/, to\n me/son da/ktulon e)ntei/nontes kai\ tou\s loipou\s suna/gontes dei/cwsin au)tw=|. *)aristofa/nhs: kai\ to\n doruco\n oi(=on e)skima/lisen.
From the scholia to the Aristophanes passage quoted below.
[1] Compare kappa 516, sigma 606, phi 152.
[2] A regular practice in cockfighting today, intended to sharpen the fighting spirit of the birds.
[3] Aristophanes, Peace 549 (web address 1 below). See also Acharnians 444, and see generally J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 213 #470.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; military affairs; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 9 November 2002@23:51:09.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ (added notes; raised status) on 10 November 2002@07:48:41.
Ross Scaife ✝ (additional cross-references) on 10 November 2002@10:24:01.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 11 November 2002@04:53:26.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 20 December 2002@05:37:34.
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