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Perhaps there are a few of you in this club cultured enough to understand the link between the pic on the left and this week’s Greek WOTW. In case you’re a man without conviction or a man who doesn’t know, … Continue reading
So, here’s the sitch. Ur txting ur BFF & they tell a funny joke, rt? OMG, ur ROFLing 4eva! And, of course, desirous to explicate the amount and volume of your gelotological response to said stimuli, you endeavor to articulate … Continue reading
You have to say this word out loud. And no, it’s not a synonym for σκύβαλον, that favorite of every puerile budding Hellenist. Get your mind out of the ἀφεδρών! In fact, it’s a bird, technically, a hoopoe, Latin name … Continue reading
Compound words are just fun. German may be the best. They have about Zweihundertvierundachtzigtausend long compound words. But, Greek’s no slouch. And, the word for the week is a pretty creative one. Let’s say you were looking at a giraffe … Continue reading
ὁ καλαμοσφάκτης n. A compound of κάλαμος, a reed or writing instrument, and σφάκτης, a murderer. Thus: one who kills with a pen. Philo’s In Flaccum contains the only extant usage, about a corrupt Alexandrian official: ὃν πολλάκις ὁ δῆμος ἅπας … Continue reading