ὑγιέστερος κροτῶνος -> healthier than a tick, fit as a fiddle, as fit as a fiddle

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ὑγιέστερος κροτῶνος -> fit as a fiddle, as fit as a fiddle

There was a proverb ὑγιέϲτεροϲ κροτῶνοϲ‎ ('a tick'), used by Menander in his Λοκροί‎ (frag. 263). Zenobios vi. 27 explains that this animal is all smooth, without scratch or other harm. But Strabo vi. 1. 12 believes the proverb to be ὑγιέϲτεροϲ Κρότωνοϲ‎, the healthiness of Kroton being testified to by the multitude of athletes it produced. Zereteli saw a note in the right-hand margin which he dubiously read as τί λ[έγειϲ;] ὑγι[αι]ν[ει]‎. Sudhaus supposed that the sense was: 'Is he well?—Fit as a fiddle.—What's that?—I say he is as fit as a fiddle.'

Quoted by Diogenes Laertius 6.83 (215 = K-A 193) - Menander - Oxford Scholarly Editions
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