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Headword: *malaki/wn
Adler number: mu,92
Translated headword: little softy
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a softy.
Greek Original:
*malaki/wn: o( malako/s.
The headword, a diminutive of the gloss, occurs in Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 1058, where it is addressed by a hag to the young man she is endeavouring to seduce (web address 1). LSJ understand it 'as a term of endearment, darling', following several Aristophanic commentators in doing so; however, its sense in this content is more faint-heart than sweetheart (cf. Ussher ad loc.).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 December 2003@09:18:12.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 26 December 2003@13:35:52.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 11 June 2004@09:29:24.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 27 April 2013@23:24:24.
David Whitehead on 29 April 2013@05:02:54.


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