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Headword: Καλὰ δὴ παταγεῖς
Adler number: kappa,190
Translated headword: you are hitting very well
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Meaning you are saying [it so].
Greek Original:
Καλὰ δὴ παταγεῖς: ἀντὶ τοῦ λέγεις.
Notes:
The headword phrase literally means "you are clashing/clattering very well." It appears in Plato, Euthydemus 293D (web address 1 below), and the entry derives from a gloss on the passage. Same or similar entries in other lexica, including Timaeus' Platonic Lexicon.
The idiom has been taken (in LSJ and elsewhere) to derive from a noisy sort of game, πλαταγή or πλαταγών (sic); see the LSJ entries on both of these in web address 2 and web address 3. However, note also alpha 4121, pi 1697 and pi 1698 on a similarly-named percussion instrument.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2,
Web address 3
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; meter and music; philosophy
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 10 March 2008@02:17:32.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified and augmented note; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 10 March 2008@06:06:37.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 23 January 2013@08:26:32.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 22 August 2013@20:16:52.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 22 December 2014@22:28:31.
David Whitehead (tweaked note) on 29 April 2016@04:10:44.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 21 March 2019@00:32:28.

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