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Headword: Ψολοκομπία
Adler number: psi,123
Translated headword: smokey talk
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] boasting/imposture. Aristophanes in Knights [writes]: "I delighted in threats, I laughed at smokey talk."
[That is] at big pretensions and big claims of success. From the previously mentioned nouns, from thundering and shaking up the earth and pushing down overhanging banks and using lightning; for of lightning bolts, some are descending [from sky to earth], but others are smokey -- those which destroy by burning -- and others are called vivid.[1]
Greek Original:
Ψολοκομπία: ἀλαζονεία. Ἀριστοφάνης Ἱππεῦσιν: ἥσθην ἀπειλαῖς, ἐγέλασα ψολοκομπίαις. μεγαλοδοξίαις καὶ μεγαλοπορίαις. ἀπὸ τῶν προειρημένων ὀνομάτων, τοῦ βροντᾶν καὶ ταράττειν τὴν γῆν καὶ κρημνοὺς ἐρείδειν καὶ κεραυνοῖς χρῆσθαι: τῶν γὰρ κεραυνῶν οἱ μὲν καταιβάται, οἱ δὲ ψολόεντες, οἱ κατὰ τὴν ψαῦσιν ὀλλύντες, οἱ δὲ ἀργῆτες καλοῦνται.
Aristophanes, Knights 696 (web address 1), and scholion.
[1] This last sentence has been quoted already at kappa 1379.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; imagery; science and technology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 January 2006@01:57:51.
Vetted by:
Ross Scaife ✝ (trivial change for testing) on 8 January 2006@12:29:26.
David Whitehead (cosmetics; raised status) on 9 January 2006@03:02:36.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 9 January 2006@10:49:24.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@08:10:17.


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