It’s moments of learning new words that I just have to stop and marvel at the sheer creativity and cruelty of the ancient world. 3Quarksdaily has a link to this article, Hraphinadoo is a Greek verb that describes the act of shoving large radishes up someone’s rear end as punishment for adultery. Now this, I suggest, is not really a reward for studying the classics, but it goes far in relieving some of the tedium, wouldn’t you say?

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