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Headword: Εἰς κόλπον πτύειν
Adler number: epsiloniota,283
Translated headword: to spit into [one's] lap
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
This [is] tantamount to saying 'I am careful not to be a boaster'.
Greek Original:
Εἰς κόλπον πτύειν: τοῦτο ἐν ἴσῳ τῷ, οὐ μεγαλορημονῶ εὐλαβούμενος.
Note:
Gregorius 1.93. Doing this was thought to avert evil. See e.g. Theophrastus, Characters 16.15, and other refs in LSJ s.v. πτύω , 4.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 April 2003@06:39:17.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 17 April 2003@23:18:49.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 19 October 2003@05:59:58.
David Whitehead on 27 November 2012@07:28:23.

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