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Headword: *pragmatodi/fhs
Adler number: pi,2194
Translated headword: lawsuit-prober, pettifogger
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] an advocate.[1] "And a lawsuit-prober." -- "O happy craft!"[2]
Greek Original:
*pragmatodi/fhs: o( dikolo/gos. kai\ pragmatodi/fhs. w)= maka/rie th=s te/xnhs.
The headword, a masculine noun in the nominative singular, is an Aristophanic neologism compounded from pra/gmatos (genitive singular of pra=gma, deed, act, legal business) and difa/w (I search after, probe, poke into); see generally LSJ s.v. and Dunbar, p. 678. The entry is generated from an instance of the headword in the quotation given. Possible translations of it, besides the ones given above, are poker-about after lawsuits (Dunbar) and lawsuit-snoop (Henderson).
cf. omega 79.
[1] The gloss -- from Aristophanic scholia: see next note -- is a masculine noun (pleader, advocate, lawyer) in the nominative singular; see generally LSJ s.v.
[2] An exchange between the Informer and Peisetairos in Aristophanes, Birds 1423-1424 (web address 1) -- but here in reverse order: the 'happy craft' is informing (a.k.a. sycophancy: sigma 1330) rather than, as Suda readers might suppose, lawsuit-probing.
N. Dunbar, ed., Aristophanes, Birds, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995
J. Henderson, ed. and trans., Aristophanes: Birds, Lysistrata, Women at the Thesmophoria, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; law; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 21 May 2013@01:26:45.
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David Whitehead (streamlined notes; another keyword; tweaking) on 21 May 2013@03:34:49.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 22 May 2013@01:49:40.
David Whitehead on 13 October 2013@06:47:51.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 5 February 2014@07:05:32.


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