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Headword: Γρῦ
Adler number: gamma,461
Translated headword: grunt, ugh
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] short. But some [say it is] the crud from [under] the nails.[1]
Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "and responding to these things without even so much as an ugh."[2] Some [say the word comes] from 'grunting', that is the sound of pigs; or [that it is] a kind of small coin; or any old thing, the smallest thing. Whence come γρύτη ['purse for odds and ends'] and γρυτόπωλις ['odds-and-ends-saleswoman'] -- which is not spoken [properly this way], but γρυπόπωλις .[3]
Also [sc. attested is] a proverb: "Dion's grunt", in reference to something small and inconsequential.[4]
Greek Original:
Γρῦ: βραχύ. ἔνιοι δὲ τὸν ἀπὸ τῶν ὀνύχων ῥύπον. Ἀριστοφάνης Πλούτῳ: καὶ ταῦτ' ἀποκρινομένου τοπαράπαν οὐδὲ γρῦ. τινὲς παρὰ τὸν γρυλισμὸν, τουτέστι τὴν φωνὴν τῶν χοίρων: ἢ εἶδος μικροῦ νομίσματος: ἢ τὸ τυχὸν, τὸ μικρότατον. ὅθεν καὶ γρύτη καὶ γρυτόπωλις: ὅπερ οὐκ εἴρηται, ἀλλὰ γρυπόπωλις. καὶ παροιμία: Τὸ Δίωνος γρῦ, ἐπὶ τοῦ μικροῦ καὶ τυχόντος.
[1] Up to this point the source is the Synagoge of grammatical information used as a common source by Photius and the Suda. Cf. also the scholia to Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 17 (web address 1), about to be quoted, and to Knights 877 (where a personage with the name 'Gruttos' is referred to: web address 2); Hesychius gamma938; Anecdota Graeca I (Bekker) 228.2; Theognostos in Anecdota Oxoniensia 2.19.20.
[2] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 17 (web address 1), followed by comment from the scholia there.
[3] Perhaps a true assertion about the literature known to this scholar, but γρυτόπωλις does occur on e.g. a papyrus of the C2 CE (Youtie 96.2).
[4] See Appendix Proverbiorum 4.91, Apostolius 17.3 (cf. 5.64), and fully at tau 730.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 11 July 2003@04:59:14.
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