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εἰπόντος δὲὀδύναν. The gen. “εἰπόντος” depends, like “ἀνδρός”, on “ἐστί” understood. “εἰπόντα” would be equally correct, but would be subject to “ἐξῶσαι”. Cp. 552προστυχόντι”, where similarly the acc. could stand.

ἐξῶσαι, like a sting: cp. Vesp. 423 “κἀξείρας τὸ κέντρον εἷτ᾽ ἐπ᾽ αὐτὸν ἵεσο.

γλώσσας ὀδύναν, lit., ‘pain arising from (given by) the tongue,’ i.e., galling speech: not ‘garrulity,’ like “γλωσσαλγία”.

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    • Sophocles, Philoctetes, 552
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