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Headword: Ὀργῶ
Adler number: omicron,519
Translated headword: I am eager
Vetting Status: high
Meaning I am desirous. Aristophanes [writes]: "by Zeus I am eager and a single speech has mixed itself up in me, [one] which he does not prevent me from kneading." [The term comes] from barley meal. For along with mixing, they then used to divide [it] into portions. So [the speech] 'has mixed itself up' meaning has exercised itself in advance, prepared itself beforehand, made itself ready. The metaphor [comes] from those kneading wheat flour, then making cakes.
Greek Original:
Ὀργῶ: ἀντὶ τοῦ ἐπιθυμητικῶς ἔχω. Ἀριστοφάνης: ὀργῶ νὴ τὸν Δία καὶ προπεφύραται λόγος εἷς μοι, ὃν διαμάττειν οὐ κωλύει. ἀπὸ τῶν ἀλφίτων. ὁμοῦ γὰρ ἐφύρων, εἶτα εἰς μοίρας διένεμον. προπε- φύραται οὖν ἀντὶ τοῦ προγεγύμνασται, προκατεσκεύασται, ηὐτρέπισται. ἡ μεταφορὰ ἀπὸ τῶν τὰ ἄλευρα φυρώντων, εἶτα μάζας ποιούντων.
Aristophanes, Birds 462-3 (web address 1), with scholion.
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Keywords: athletics; comedy; daily life; definition; food; imagery; poetry; rhetoric
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 15 December 2009@11:31:49.
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David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 16 December 2009@06:08:43.
David Whitehead on 7 July 2013@07:15:33.


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