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Headword: Ληκώμεθα
Adler number: lambda,434
Translated headword: [whenever] we are shagged
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning whenever] we are screwed. Aristophanes [writes]: "especially whenever we are shagged by some man the whole night long".
Greek Original:
Ληκώμεθα: κινώμεθα. Ἀριστοφάνης: μάλισθ' ὅταν ὑπό του ληκώμεθα τὴν νύχθ' ὅλην.
Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 493-4 (where the syntax requires this subjunctive: web address 1), with the gloss of the scholia there. For the phraseology cf. Pherecrates fr.177 Kock (253 K.-A.), at Photius lambda254 Theodoridis.
Both the headword verb itself and the glossing verb (kappa 1645) are verbs describing violent motion; in a sexual context they are classified by Henderson 35 (expanded 151-153) as "metaphorical words whose originally nonsexual meanings were still barely perceptible to the ear but which had come to be used as primary obscenities".
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975)
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; imagery; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 March 2009@07:27:09.
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Catharine Roth (added link and keyword, set status) on 25 March 2009@21:28:57.
Catharine Roth on 25 March 2009@21:32:11.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 26 March 2009@06:44:40.
David Whitehead on 18 April 2013@03:59:31.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 18 April 2013@23:48:33.
David Whitehead on 4 September 2013@04:17:00.


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