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Headword: Γραμματοκύφων
Adler number: gamma,423
Translated headword: record-porer, penpusher
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
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.
Notes:
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.
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