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Headword: *prw=ta stoixei=a
Adler number: pi,2959
Translated headword: first letters, first principles
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the alphabet. "And, really, bad ones badly." He is speaking about letters, [saying] that because of low birth [he has not learned] even these well.
Greek Original:
*prw=ta stoixei=a: o( a)lfa/bhtos. kai\ tau=ta me/ntoi kaka\ kakw=s. peri\ gramma/twn fhsi\n, o(/ti ou)de\ au)ta\ kalw=s dia\ dusge/neian.
Aristophanes, Knights 189: the sausage-seller admits his lack of education (web address 1). The gloss -- except for 'the alphabet' -- is from the scholia there, as is the entry's (neuter plural) headword phrase.
cf. generally sigma 1240.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 February 2010@05:46:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 24 May 2010@01:10:30.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 24 May 2010@03:09:52.
David Whitehead on 22 October 2013@05:24:51.


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