Quack in Greek?
kyrimis at alumni.princeton.edu
Mon Apr 17 09:24:55 CEST 2006
> I would like to know if the Greek members of the forum could tell me how
> to say "Quack" in Greek. Is it the same in Ancient Greek as well?
In Greek, ducks say "pa-pa-pa" (i.e., quack-quack-quack), from which the
medieval/modern Greek word for duck, "papia", is derived. As for ancient
Greek, the word for duck was "nissa", but I sincerely doubt whether this was
because ancient Greek ducks used to say "ni", an utterance which is reserved
exclusively for a specific kind of knight...
In Disney comics, the ducks' exclamation of "wack!" is transcribed as "ouak!".
> I know in Ancient Greek Aristophanes has "Koax"
Actually, "brekekex koax koax"
which may have been made up by Aristophanes, as it still sounds hilarious to
my Greek ears, and the statistics at the above site would seem to indicate
that both words only appear in Aristophanes' "Frogs".
> for frogs, and the
> dictionaries also have a word for crows to caw, but nothing for "quack"!
Look at the etymology of "papia" e.g., in
where "pa-pa-pa" is mentioned.
"`Pessimist' is a term invented by optimists to describe realists."
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