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14-10-2015, 12:09 PM
Hi friends,
Another word again from "Αναφορα στον Γκρεκο".

σαν αγαθός νεροπαππούλης μου φάνταξε


14-10-2015, 12:17 PM
Hi again!
I'm copying a larger portion of the phrase here, for reference purposes:

Την πρώτη φορά που τον είδα να μπαίνει στο σπίτι, έσυρα φωνή∙ έτσι με τις φαρδιές βράκες του, με το κόκκινο ζωνάρι, φεγγαροπρόσωπος, γελαστός, σαν αγαθός νεροπαππούλης μου φάνταξε, σαν ένα στοιχειό της γης, που τώρα, νά, βγήκε από τα περβόλια

14-10-2015, 01:14 PM
Hi. Judging from "στοιχειό της γης", I can only guess he is using this term as a description of some water sprite, some gnome associated with water. This is not a common term. I haven't even found "παππούληδες" used in connection with fairies and sprites.

14-10-2015, 02:24 PM
Thanks friends.

12-03-2016, 12:02 PM
Hi Nickel,
It seems that Sotiris Skippis has used νεροπαππούλης before Nikos Kazantzakis.


12-03-2016, 12:25 PM
Hi, Altan. I'd seen that as one of the few Google hits, right after Report to Greco. I don't, however, think that Kazantzakis was basing his use of the term on the character in Skipis' little known play. It is more likely they are both making use of a folklore term that we just have not located in the older books made available to us on the web.

12-03-2016, 01:12 PM
Thanks Nickel.