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Headword: Ἐς τάχος γράφει
Adler number: epsilon,3201
Translated headword: writes with speed
Vetting Status: high
So it is said in Attic fashion; also "writes with beauty", and [sc. compare] "strikes with speed",[1] but not "beauty-writes".[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐς τάχος γράφει: οὕτω λέγεται Ἀττικῶς: καὶ ἐς κάλλος γράφει καὶ ἐς τάχος παίει, ἀλλ' οὐ καλλιγραφεῖ.
= Orus, Collection of Attic Words fr. 66. Similar material, variously, in a scholion to Aristophanes, Acharnians 686 (see n. 1 below) and in other grammars and lexica: Phrynichus, Ecloga 122 Lobeck (99 Rutherford); ps.-Herodian, Philetairos fr. 190; Hesychius alpha3665 (s.v. ἁμιλλᾶν ) and epsilon6227; and (post-Suda) Thomas Magister, Ecloga 136.17. For speed-writing see also gamma 438.
In all three phrases quoted in the entry, 'with' translates the preposition ἐς , i.e. with a view to. (See further below, n. 2.)
[1] This phrase occurs in Aristophanes, Acharnians 686 (web address 1). Neither of the other two phrases quoted in this entry, including the headword one itself, are independently attested.
[2] The point of this last phrase is that the idea of 'writes with beauty' is more commonly expressed with the simple verb and an adverbial prepositional phrase (ἐς κάλλος γράφει ) than with a compound verb (καλλιγραφεῖ ). The latter is not as awkward as the jury-rigged English compound used here: 'beauty-writes'. (In Pollux 5.102, we may note, καλλιγραφεῖ is perfectly acceptable.) The implication would seem to be that a writer striving for good Attic style should avoid the compound verb ταχυγραφέω .
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry
Translated by: William Hutton on 25 January 2008@10:30:06.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 25 January 2008@16:50:44.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 27 January 2008@11:06:20.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 1 November 2012@04:50:14.
David Whitehead (expanded and tweaked notes) on 17 February 2016@03:29:12.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 31 December 2017@01:47:27.


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