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Headword: *skw=r a)ei/nwn
Adler number: sigma,691
Translated headword: ever-flowing shit
Vetting Status: high
Some say that Strattis was the first to use [the word] "shit", in the drama of Atalas;[1] but [this is] false; for it was much later than the Frogs. But "ever-flowing shit" is that which always flows: na/on, [contracted] nw=n. But "shit" [is] excrement, dung.[2] And it is heteroclite, for the genitive [is] skato/s. Aristophanes in Frogs [writes]: "then much filth and ever-flowing shit."[3]
Greek Original:
*skw=r a)ei/nwn: tine/s fasi tw=| skw=r prw=ton kexrh=sqai *stra/ttin e)n *)ata/lantos dra/mati: yeu=dos de/: pollw=| ga\r u(/steron tw=n *batra/xwn. skw=r de\ a)ei/nwn to\ a)ei\ r(e/on: na/on, nw=n. skw=r de\ a)popa/thma, ko/pros. kai\ e)/stin e(tero/kliton: h( ga\r genikh\ skato/s. *)aristofa/nhs *batra/xois: ei)=ta bo/rboron polu\n kai\ skw=r a)ei/nwn.
[1] Strattis fr. 9 Kock, now 8 K.-A. For Strattis see generally sigma 1178, which (inter alia) gives the correct title of the play referred to here: Atalante.
[2] From fuller scholia on Aristophanes, Frogs 145-6; cf. sigma 690. LSJ entry at web address 1.
[3] Aristophanes, Frogs 145-6 (paratragic passage); see web address 2.
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse: obscene language in Attic Comedy (New Haven 1975) 192 #414
Aristophanes, Frogs, edited with introduction and commentary by K.J. Dover (Oxford 1993) 209
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: chronology; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; tragedy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 March 2001@00:35:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and bibliography; cosmetics) on 3 March 2001@08:43:50.
David Whitehead (restorative cosmetics) on 1 September 2002@06:29:34.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 25 July 2006@22:45:26.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 1 September 2014@02:41:28.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 1 September 2014@04:58:31.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1) on 28 December 2014@04:38:54.


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