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Headword: *paroywnou=si
Adler number: pi,713
Translated headword: they buy dainties under the counter, they cadge dainties
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] they buy dainties surreptitiously.[1]
And the Pisidian [writes]: "unless you are being a ne'er-do-well and wish to cadge dainties, from those who have the foul-smelling holds."[2]
Greek Original:
*paroywnou=si: la/qra o)ywnou=si. kai\ *pisi/dhs: ei) mh\ kakourgei=s kai\ paroywnei=n qe/leis, e)k tw=n e)xo/ntwn ta\s dusw/deis a)ntli/as.
The headword, extracted from Aristophanes (see n. 1 below), is third person plural, present indicative active, of the rare verb paroywne/w (connected with omicron 1087 etc.).
A neuter noun related to it, paroyw/nhma, is memorably used by Aeschylus' Clytemnestra when describing Agamenmon's "bit on the side", Chryseis (Aeschylus, Agamemnon 1447).
[1] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae [Assemblywomen] 226, where the headword occurs (web address 1). Ussher ad loc. offers another interpretation of it, alongside the scholiasts' one: they buy little extras (from para- meaning "in addition").
[2] George of Pisidia, Sever. 621; the second clause of it has aready been quoted at alpha 2751.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, edited with introduction and commentary by R.G. Ussher (Oxford 1973, reprinted Bristol 1986)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; ethics; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; trade and manufacture; tragedy; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 20 August 2011@10:22:02.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link, status) on 20 August 2011@12:26:43.
David Whitehead (tweaked hw; augmented notes and keywords; typo and other cosmetics) on 21 August 2011@05:36:20.
David Whitehead on 21 August 2011@05:37:37.
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