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Headword: Κυφόν
Adler number: kappa,2798
Translated headword: bent
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] crooked.[1]
'Out of every timber something crooked might come': [sc. a proverbial saying] in reference to people/things easily despised in aspect, but useful.[2]
Greek Original:
Κυφόν: κεκυμμένον. Ἐκ παντὸς ξύλου κυφὸν ἂν γένοιτο: ἐπὶ τῶν τὸ εἶδος εὐκαταφρονήτων, χρησίμων δέ.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in other lexica; see the references at Photius kappa1274 Theodoridis. The headword is masculine accusative singular or neuter nominative/accusative singular of this adjective (cf. kappa 2799). Theodoridis notes Naber's opinion that it is quoted from Aristophanes, Acharnians 703, and adds another Aristophanic suggestion of his own (Plutus [Wealth] 266).
[2] In this version of a Greek proverb the adjective κυφόν (neuter singular) describes the object created out of the piece of wood. Here the proverb emphasizes the form of the object created: anything with a crooked form. It has then to be distinguished from the version found at epsilon 555 above, with the variant τὸ κοῦφον instead of κυφόν , i.e. a thing without value, without weight. Notice also the variant κύφων , i.e. masculine singular, in Zenobius 4.7, Apostolius 6.95 and other paroemiographers ('a crooked man might come'). Even granted these differences in the object mentioned, the overall meaning of the proverb is always the same as here, however; for a different sense in Apuleius and elsewhere see under epsilon 555.
Keywords: botany; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; proverbs; rhetoric; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Alexandra Trachsel on 8 December 2007@10:40:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (internal rearrangement; augmented and modified notes; tweaks and cosmetics) on 9 December 2007@04:37:14.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; another keyword) on 25 March 2013@10:23:48.

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