Monday, November 25, 2019


In the Mirror

Aristophanes, Clouds 908 (tr. Benjamin Bickley Rogers):
You're a useless old drone with one foot in the grave!
The same (tr. Stephen Halliwell):
A deranged and senile wreck you are!
The Greek:
τυφογέρων εἶ κἀνάρμοστος.
Liddell-Scott-Jones, s.v. τῦφος, sense 2: delusion.

Liddell-Scott-Jones, s.v. ἀνάρμοστος, sense II (citing this verse): of persons, impracticable.

From Eric Thomson:
ἀνάρμοστος reminds me of crotchety. The DGE gives the meaning as something like "impossible/difficult to deal with, disagreeable". Liddell and Scott would have been wiser to choose "intractable"; "impracticable" now sounds dated.

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