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Headword: Νὴ τὸν
Adler number: nu,350
Translated headword: by the ...
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[νὴ τὸν and ναὶ μὰ τόν : these [are expressions used in] affirmative oaths; but μὰ τὸν Δια [and] οὐ μὰ τόν [are used in] negative oaths. So [it is] the extreme of incorrectness to say, μὰ τὸν Δία ποίησον ["by Zeus, do [this]"].
Greek Original:
Νὴ τὸν καὶ Ναὶ μὰ τόν: κατωμοτικὰ ταῦτα: ἀπωμοτικὰ δὲ μὰ τὸν Δί', οὐ μὰ τόν. ὥστε ἐσχάτη ἀκυρολογία τὸ λέγειν, μὰ τὸν Δία ποίησον.
Notes:
Likewise in Photius (nu209 Theodoridis), from Aelius Dionysius nu12.
On μά and νή see mu 1, mu 12, mu 31, nu 348, nu 349, and Smyth section 2894 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 December 2003@00:25:47.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 3 December 2003@03:08:23.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 9 June 2013@06:33:39.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 9 June 2013@18:49:01.

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