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Headword: Χροὶ̈ δῆλα
Adler number: chi,529
Translated headword: clear in the skin
Vetting Status: high
They say that Pherekydes the sage died after contracting lice; and when Pythagoras arrived and asked how he was, he pushed his finger through the doorway and said: "clear in the skin". And this led to grammarians giving the phrase the meaning "getting worse". Those who use it in the sense of "everything is fine" are wrong.
Greek Original:
Χροὶ̈ δῆλα: ὅτι Φερεκύδην τὸν σοφόν φασι φθειριάσαντα τελευτῆσαι: ὅτε καὶ Πυθαγόρου παραγενομένου καὶ πυνθανομένου, πῶς διακέοιτο, διαβαλόντα τῆς θύρας τὸν δάκτυλον εἰπεῖν: χροὶ̈ δῆλα. καὶ τὸ ἐντεῦθεν παρὰ τοῖς φιλολόγοις ἡ λέξις ἐπὶ τῶν χειρόνων τάττεται. οἱ δὲ ἐπὶ τῶν βελτίστων χρώμενοι διαμαρτάνουσι.
From Diogenes Laertius 1.118. For Pherekydes of Syros see generally phi 214. The present entry is cross-referenced at phi 215.
Keywords: biography; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; philosophy; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 16 November 2001@03:16:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added keywords) on 6 September 2002@04:26:47.
William Hutton (added keywords, set status) on 13 July 2003@05:23:16.
David Whitehead on 13 November 2013@09:00:03.


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