To the victor, the spoils

In The 1000 answer club, I noted that Michael Masiello, Dimitra Triantafyllidou and myself had around 940 posts, and I put up a challenge on who was to reach 1000 first.

In PM, Dimitra bowed out of the challenge, because she has a life, but she said she was happy to act as cheerleader. Only no short skirts.

I was up to 999 last night. I noted this morning Michael’s 1000th post with contentment: Michael Masiello’s answer to If I were to arrange a date at a bookstore, which book would you choose? If I took you to a bookstore and instead of splitting the bill we bought a book for each other or for ourselves, which genre or specific book would you choose?

No Callimachus for you, Magister, but have this instead:

Legend, Left to Right:

  • Dēmētēr Ainesiagos. Dimitra, Leader of Praises.
  • Nikolaos Didaktōr. Dr Nick.
  • Masiellos Magistēr.

Yes, I know very well that the Latin word magister was borrowed into Byzantine Greek as maïstōr. But this is an Ancient vase, you see.

And no, I never have seen Michael in a beret. (Yes, that’s what it’s supposed to be.) But come on. What other headgear would you picture on him?

Beret: The beret is part of the long-standing stereotype of the intellectual, film director, artist, “hipster”, poet, bohemain and beatnik.

What is the etymology of Gylippus? It has to do with horses, but what else?

Γύλιππος (Gýllipos) in Gerhard Köbler’s site is all I get, and all it says is “origin unclear”.

It does indeed look like a compound of gyl– and hippos “horse”. There is no gyl– word in attested Greek. There are the diminutives gyl-arion and gyl-iskos referring to kinds of fish; and there is the noun gylios, referring to a long-shaped satchel (Aristophanes), or to a hedgehog. Aristophanes also has the word gyliauchēngylios-necked”, meaning “long-necked, scraggy-necked”. gyliippos > gylippos could possibly be a “gylios-necked horse”, or someone associated with them.

For Quora writers who have over 1000 answers: What is your favorite answer you have written?

Just hit 1000, so now I can answer this, forsooth.

I like many of my answers. I love the answers where I get to do my own reasoning in linguistics, based only on a couple of Wikipedia references. I love the answers where I get to do silly drawings. I love the answers where I give shout outs to people I’ve come to count as friends. I love the answers where I tell rambling anecdotes, as a way of getting to the point of the question.

The answer I think I love the most is the one where the rambling anecdote was the point of the question.

Nick Nicholas’ answer to How can one summarize the Watergate scandal to a kid?

I haven’t done a cartoon version of this. Yet. It would be a glorious think if I did; I’ve already practiced the Nixon ski-slope nose on a stick figure.