Who's diddling and how?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 18 04:25:41 UTC 2008

The same is true of Homeric Greek.

Say, have I ever mentioned that I played Akhilleus in the KUCD-TV
production of The Iliad?

This may surprise some, if not many, here, but the professor was
really sweating the possibility that he might be "taking integration
too damned far" by having a colored fellow play the greatest hero in
Western literature. He was worried about putting me into some kind of
social jeopardy. And this was in 1971 in Northern California, not in
1921 in Southern Mississippi!

(BTW, Ron, that professor was H. Phelps Gates, Jr.)


On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 5:22 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:
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> I'd forgotten till just now: Studying Classical Greek as an undergrad
> in the sixties, I was amused by the similarity of the verb "didomi"
> 'give' to "diddle me".
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