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Headword: *dialeptologou=mai
Adler number: delta,629
Translated headword: I discourse subtly
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] I converse.[1] Just as Socrates said: "I tread the air and observe the sun,[2] so that it does not draw the moisture into the watercress".[3] Thus also the old man [says], "I discourse subtly with the beams of the house."[4]
Greek Original:
*dialeptologou=mai: diale/gomai. w(/sper kai\ o( *swkra/ths e)/fh: a)erobatw= kai\ perifronw= to\n h(/lion: i(/na mh\ e(/lkh| th\n i)kma/d' e)s ta\ ka/rdama. ou(/tw kai\ o( presbu/ths: dialeptologou=mai tai=s dokoi=s th=s oi)ki/as.
[1] Or hold a discussion. The headword is a comic coinage; cf. alpha 561, pi 1344.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 225 (web address 1).
[3] cf. Aristophanes, Clouds 233-234.
[4] Aristophanes, Clouds 1496 (web address 2), the scholia to which supply the present entry.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; philosophy
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 4 May 2002@22:35:28.
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