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Headword: Παροιμία
Adler number: pi,733
Translated headword: proverb, saying
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
What is a proverb [paroimia]?
[Meaning] a useful story. But by misuse of language [sc. it has come to mean] any narrative which goes down a byroad [parodikon]; for oimos [is] road [hodos].[1]
Alternatively a proverb is a story with a hidden meaning, signifying [it] through something else that is clear.[2]
Greek Original:
Παροιμία: τί ἐστι παροιμία; λόγος ὠφέλιμος. καταχρηστικῶς δὲ πᾶν παροδικὸν διήγημα: οἶμος γὰρ ἡ ὁδός. ἢ Παροιμία ἐστὶ λόγος ἀπόκρυφος, δι' ἑτέρου προδήλου σημαινόμενος.
Notes:
[1] (cf. omicroniota 97.) Likewise or similarly in other lexica; references at Photius pi424 Theodoridis.
[2] George the Monk, Chronicon 151.2-3.
Keywords: Christianity; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; proverbs; religion
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 April 2003@09:07:49.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 5 May 2004@00:47:58.
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