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Headword: *mua=te
Adler number: mu,1367
Translated headword: grimace
Vetting Status: high
To grimace is to draw the lips together toward each other. The same thing is also called 'to pout'. But some [sc. explain the phrase in Aristophanes as] you [women] draw your eyes shut in displeasure. Or just like mice[1] you slink away and you wink. Or you pout or you sneer. Aristophanes [writes]: "why do you grimace at me and shake your heads? Why has your skin changed color? Why are you shedding a tear?"[2]
Greek Original:
*mua=te: mua=n e)sti to\ ta\ xei/lh pro\s a)/llhla suna/gein. to\ de\ au)to\ kai\ mu/llein le/getai. tine\s de/, tou\s o)fqalmou\s suna/gete dusarestou=sai. h)\ w(/sper mu/es katadu/esqe kai\ skardamu/ssesqe. h)\ mu/llete h)\ mukthri/zete. *)aristofa/nhs: ti/ moi mua=te ka)naneu/ete; ti/ xrw\s te/traptai; ti/ da/kruon katei/betai;
[1] An (improbable) etymological connection is being suggested between the headword, mua=te and 'mice' mu=es.
[2] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 126-7 (web address 1), with comments from the scholia; cf. mu 1366.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; poetry; women; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 5 August 2009@10:54:38.
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Catharine Roth (upgraded link, set status) on 6 August 2009@01:23:24.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 August 2009@03:15:38.
David Whitehead on 28 May 2013@07:24:46.
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