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Headword: Λεπτὴν πλέκει
Adler number: lambda,294
Translated headword: he is weaving a thin one
Vetting Status: high
Something said in reference to poor people.[1] In effect frugal, narrow, weak.
Hence also [sc. comes the term] λεπτολόγος ["quibbler"]. Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "and having relaxed your subtle mind speculate about the matters little by little". That is examine [them].[2]
Greek Original:
Λεπτὴν πλέκει: λεγόμενόν τι ἐπὶ τῶν πενήτων. οἷον ἀκριβῆ, στενήν, ἀσθενῆ. ἔνθεν καὶ λεπτολόγος. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: καὶ σχάσας τὴν φροντίδα λεπτὴν κατὰ μικρὸν περιφρόνει τὰ πράγματα. τουτέστιν ἐρεύνα.
[1] See the variant at lambda 292. The present phrase -- where λεπτήν leaves a feminine noun implicit -- appears in several of the paroemiographers, with either the indicative as here or the infinitive.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 740-1 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. pi 1344.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 24 March 2009@05:37:05.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 24 March 2009@19:16:36.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 25 March 2009@04:15:42.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@22:06:40.


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