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    One obscure Greek word in a cartoon--κον

    I don't understand one small Greek word in this cartoon. It looks like κον. The meaning of the rest is obvious:-Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	5743. Am I right or is it a more obvious word I'm missing?
    Is it perhaps καν with the meaning καθόλου or some such word but I haven't come across it before.

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    You're right, it's "καν", though I'd put the meaning more as "not even":

    "Did you know it takes three sheep to make a woolen jumper?"
    "No, I didn't even know they could knit!"


    It's used for emphasis in negative sentences.
    Εἰς τὴν Ἑλλάδα οἱ Νόμοι γίνονται χάριν εἰρωνικῆς ἀντιδιαστολῆς πρὸς τὴν πραγματικότητα.

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    Thanks, Duke. As I said, I've never come across it before.

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