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Headword: Γραμματοκύφων
Adler number: gamma,423
Translated headword: record-porer, penpusher
Vetting Status: high
Meaning "you low-grade clerk;" for strictly speaking a κύφων is the stocks.[1] Amongst the rude names that Demosthenes calls Aeschines is record-porer; he claims that he is the son of a man named Tromes, an elementary schoolmaster.
Greek Original:
Γραμματοκύφων: ἀντὶ τοῦ ταπεινὲ γραμματεῦ: κυρίως γὰρ κύφων τὸ ξύλον καλεῖται. Δημοσθένης καὶ ἄλλα σκώπτει τὸν Αἰσχίνην καὶ γραμματοκύφωνα, ὃν καὶ υἱὸν εἶναί φησιν ὄνομα μὲν Τρόμητος, διδασκάλου δὲ τῶν πρώτων γραμμάτων.
Demosthenes 18.209 (web address 1); again at tau 1047 (q.v.).
[1] The comment really misses the point. Demosthenes had chosen (coined?) a word implying a man both physically and morally crippled by a demeaning profession.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 August 2001@07:13:19.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 3 September 2002@07:08:56.
Elizabeth Vandiver (Added betacode; added link; cosmetics) on 29 September 2003@20:23:08.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 30 September 2003@03:10:13.
David Whitehead on 11 June 2012@04:53:30.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 24 September 2012@01:26:22.


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