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Headword: Ληκώμεθα
Adler number: lambda,434
Translated headword: [whenever] we are shagged
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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.
Notes:
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".
Reference:
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.
Vetted by:
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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