● Is "Desiderat." an abbreviation for the Latin "desideratum", an Anglicised "desiderate" or something else?
● At what period of the language, and in which social registers or genres was it a productive morphological element?
● Are these in fact two distinct features that have come to be classified together, but are actually better considered separately? In that case, is it that the -σείω as an unmarked element, and the -σιάω / -τιάω possessing some social tension? Alternatively, are they different morphological elements that developed at different periods of the language?
● Is Aristophanes playing on this element of the language for comic effect? Something like, "one is greatly desirous of taking a piss" for contrastive effect, or is he using an informal / "gutter" variety of the language for its "giggle" value?
The question arises while reading:
in which, Perseus parses ἀπήλλακτο as:Longus 3.20.1 wrote:τῆς μὲν πρότερον ὁρμῆς ἀπήλλακτο,
but I don't see the logic in parsing it as a form of ἀπαλλαξείω rather than a form of ἀπαλλάσσομαι. Even though that parsing was the basis of this question, I prefer to read it as the pluperfect of ἀπαλλάσσομαι.ἀπήλλακτο verb 3rd sg plup ind mp attic epic doric ionic aeolic redupl of ἀπαλλαξείω
For reference, simply by searching by endings, I can find the following examples of these desiderat. forms of verbs in LSJ, but I suspect that there are more: DesideratVerbs.pdf