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Headword: *skuqrwpa/zw
Adler number: sigma,706
Translated headword: I look sullen
Vetting Status: high
The [verb that means] I am gloomy.[1]
The word [is] metaphorical, from the Scythians; also [sc. attested is] the [word] w)/y, [genitive] w)po/s, which means the face;[2] for o)/y ["voice"] [is] speech, [spelled] with the omicron.[3]
"O Plato, how you [?]were nothing save only being sullen, you who have solemnly raised your eyebrows like a snail."[4]
Greek Original:
*skuqrwpa/zw: to\ stugna/zw. metaforikh\ h( le/cis a)po\ tw=n *skuqw=n: kai\ to\ w)/y, w)po/s, o(\ shmai/nei to\ pro/swpon: o)\y ga\r h( fwnh/, dia\ tou= o mikrou=. w)= *pla/twn, w(s ou)de\n h)=sqa plh\n skuqrwpa/zein mo/non, w(/sper koxli/as semnw=s e)phrkw\s ta\s o)fru=s.
[1] ps.-Zonaras has the same gloss. The adjective skuqro/s and derived words are related to sku/zomai (sigma 701), not to "Scythian."
[2] cf. Orion [Author, Myth] 148.15, from which derives Etymologicum Magnum 720.7. See omicron 1068, omega 290. LSJ entry at web address 1.
[3] LSJ entry at web address 2.
[4] Diogenes Laertius 3.28, quoting the comic poet Amphis (fr. 13 Kock and Kassel-Austin). The main verb in the passage, transmitted here as 'were', is emended by some editors to 'know' (but retained in e.g. H.S. Long's OCT of D.L.).
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; imagery; zoology
Translated by: Timothy Pepper on 27 February 2001@07:06:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 25 September 2002@06:49:21.
Catharine Roth (changed to betacode) on 5 September 2005@19:26:15.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@06:55:21.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes and links) on 24 October 2013@01:51:44.
David Whitehead on 30 December 2013@04:24:57.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 11 May 2014@04:57:32.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation and note) on 11 May 2014@22:08:42.
David Whitehead (more of the same) on 12 May 2014@03:04:13.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@07:05:54.
David Whitehead (coding) on 26 May 2016@05:09:26.
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