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Headword: Γέρων, γέροντος
Adler number: gamma,201
Translated headword: old man [and] old man's
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The vocative [is] ὦ γέρον .
And [there is] a proverb: "never do anything useful to/for an old man."[1] It recommends not doing good indiscriminately.
Greek Original:
Γέρων, γέροντος. ἡ κλητικὴ, ὦ γέρον. καὶ παροιμία: Γέροντι μηδὲν μή ποτε χρηστὸν ποίει. παρεγγυᾷ μὴ ἀκρίτως εὐεργετεῖν.
Note:
[1] cf. Comica Adespota fr. 551 Kock (but not in K.-A.), where the imperative here is an infinitive; likewise in the paroemiographer Arsenius (5.35a).
Keywords: comedy; daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; proverbs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 11 July 2002@01:48:57.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 11 July 2002@03:41:46.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 June 2012@06:01:47.
David Whitehead on 9 September 2012@06:59:52.
David Whitehead on 29 December 2014@06:29:16.
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