Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A weakness of the gloss method

E.A. Sophocles, s.v. σισόη  [p. 990i], gives 'a sort of queue' Sept. Lev. 19, 27, Greg. Naz.  III, 1081 A. Theod. I, 337 B'.

What sort of queue? Since LSJ s.v. gives 'roll of hair, LXX Le.19.27', which suits the context, this must be OED s.v. queue, n. 4, not 7, which is 'Chiefly Brit.

'(Egyptian)' in Sophocles, but 'Phaselite' in LSJ on the basis of Hesychius.

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