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Headword: *para\ kwfo\n a)popardei=n
Adler number: pi,371
Translated headword: to fart beside a deaf man
Vetting Status: high
The explanation of the proverb [is] perfectly clear;[1] for a deaf man does not hear.
It is applied to senseless people.[2]
Greek Original:
*para\ kwfo\n a)popardei=n: pro/dhlos th=s paroimi/as h( ai)ti/a: ou) ga\r a)kou/ei o( kwfo/s. e)pi\ tw=n a)naisqh/twn de\ le/getai.
Apostolius 13.99 (Comica adespota fr.50 Kock and K-A); cf. kappa 2310, and generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1898.
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 198 #432: 'an obscene mutation of such proverbial expressions as para\ kwfo\n diale/gein, to speak to a deaf person.'
[1] Same in Hesychius.
[2] Same in Photius.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; medicine; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 27 February 2004@08:38:47.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 17 March 2004@00:41:49.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 17 March 2004@05:01:51.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 29 August 2011@09:11:05.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2012@06:21:07.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2016@03:50:29.


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