From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 08 2000 - 06:02:26 EST

<x-charset iso-8859-1>At 9:39 PM -0800 3/7/00, Jason Hare wrote:
>You wrote:
><<Actually, I can't see any reason why there
>be a feminine ARSENOKOITA although I'd guess the Doric
>dialect form of
>ARSENOKOITHS would be ARSENOKOITAS for the masculine.
>Carl W. Conrad>>
>I am just curious. Why do we have the lexical form as
>ARSENOKOITHS if there is not an occurrence of this
>anywhere? Could the lexical form not be ARSENOKOITA
>and it be a feminine word? Or is there another
>occurrence of this word that has not been produced to
>me yet?

You will have seen Daniel RiaŌo's brief note by now. The simple fact of the
matter is that I was aiming at humor, a simple fact that went unnoticed in
this thread's long wild goose chase of trivia. No, I don't seriously think
a form ARSENOKOITA is likely to have existed anymore than ALEKTRUAINA,
"roosteress," unless it were to be found in a satire of Lucian or in a
deliberate piece of literary humor comparable to Aristophanes' Clouds. The
lexical form is ARSENOKOITHS simply because that's found in a significant
frequently-read text, namely the GNT.


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