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Headword: Χρεμψιθέατρον
Adler number: chi,456
Translated headword: theater-cougher, theatre-cougher
Vetting Status: high
[The word is used] either because people cough as they enter the theater, or because those who cough are thrown out.
Greek Original:
Χρεμψιθέατρον: ἢ ὅτι εἰσιόντες εἰς τὸ θέατρον χρέμπτονται, ἢ ὅτι χρεμπτόμενοι ἐκβάλλονται.
Comica adespota fr. 1198 Kock, now 1100 K.-A.; in the accusative case, as here. Likewise or similarly in other lexica.
The verb involved here, χρέμπτομαι , seems more exactly to designate throat-clearing, involving expectoration, hawking and spitting (see LSJ s.v., and cf. chi455). For bad manners in the theatre see e.g. Theophrastus, Characters 11.3 and 14.4, and generally -- though not on the present topic -- Pickard-Cambridge/Gould/Lewis, The Dramatic Festivals of Athens 272-3.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; medicine
Translated by: David Whitehead on 8 May 2006@07:24:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 8 May 2006@12:56:38.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 9 May 2006@03:53:26.
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David Whitehead on 29 December 2014@05:27:21.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 4 March 2016@00:11:58.
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