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Headword: *kullo/s
Adler number: kappa,2671
Translated headword: gimpy
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] someone disabled not only in the foot, but also in the hand as well. 'Lame' also applies to both foot and hand.[1]
But some read 'of Gimpy' [*ku/llou] as [an error for?] 'of Kyknos' [*ku/knou].[2]
They used to deploy 'gimpy' in the case of the foot, as does the Poet: "get up, Gimpy-foot,"[3] but 'lame' in the case of the hand, as does Eupolis: "you do not say that he is lame in one of his hands."[4]
Or, since [expressions like] 'with a white foot' or 'with a light foot' are popular with them, having put down 'foot' he added the 'gimpy'. Aristophanes in Birds [sc. does this].[5]
Greek Original:
*kullo/s: o( pephrwme/nos ou) mo/non po/da, a)lla\ kai\ xei=ra o(moi/ws. kai\ xwlo\s kai\ e)pi\ podo\s kai\ e)pi\ xeiro/s. oi( de\ *ku/llou a)naginw/skousin w(s *ku/knou. to\ me\n kullo\n e)pi\ tou= podo\s e)/tasson, w(s o( poihth/s: o)/rseo *kullopo/dion. to\ de\ xwlo\n e)pi\ th=s xeiro/s, w(s *eu)/polis: o(/ti xwlo/s e)sti th\n e(te/ran xei=ra, ou) le/geis. h)\ e)peidh\ polu\ par' au)toi=s e)sti to\ podi\ leukw=|, podi\ kou/fw|, po/da tiqei/s, to\ kullo\n prose/qhken. *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisi.
The same headword is glossed at kappa 2670 (q.v. for other references).
[1] cf. chi 425.
[2] Perhaps a reference to Aristophanes fr.273 Kock, where the headword appears in this form (genitive singular); see also kappa 2672.
[3] Homer, Iliad 21.331 (web address 1), in reference to Hephaistos.
[4] Eupolis fr. 343 Kock, now part of 264 K.-A.
[5] Aristophanes, Birds 1379, where the phrase 'gimpy foot' appears (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; geography; imagery; medicine; mythology; poetry; religion; stagecraft; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 April 2008@21:44:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; tweaks and cosmetics) on 8 April 2008@03:55:26.
David Whitehead on 20 March 2013@08:31:57.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@08:54:45.
Catharine Roth (another keyword) on 2 March 2020@11:43:52.


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