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Headword: Γλωττοστροφεῖν
Adler number: gamma,305
Translated headword: to tongue-twist
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to twist the tongue and make it changeable in speaking; or to distort matters and have plenty to say. Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "for I shall die if I don't learn to tongue-twist."
Greek Original:
Γλωττοστροφεῖν: τὴν γλῶτταν στρέφειν καὶ ποικίλον ἐν τῷ λέγειν καθεστηκέναι: ἢ ἐκστρέφειν τὰ πράγματα καὶ εὐπορεῖν ἐν τῷ λέγειν. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: ἀπὸ γὰρ ὀλοῦμαι μὴ μαθὼν γλωττοστροφεῖν.
Aristophanes, Clouds 792, the only classical attestation of this verb (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there; cf. alpha 3262.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 16 July 2002@13:41:21.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 17 July 2002@08:11:12.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 21 August 2009@07:27:55.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link, raised status) on 21 August 2009@11:01:53.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 12 September 2012@13:05:37.
David Whitehead on 28 September 2015@05:38:38.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, tweaked link) on 3 April 2016@00:39:17.


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