Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 06/02/2011


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Language connections ,interactions and interrelations,loan words and anti loan,that is words which come back to the lender language  corrupted sometimes,however,widely used.

The English language,almost an International language,living to welcome constant transactions from other tongues.

I would very much like to cite a most lively example of the English-Greek language connections which is quite old but still very characteristic to enlighten the subject in question.Typical loan words are  interspersed all over  Xenophon Zolotas’ speeches in Washington USA  on the 26/9/1959 the first and on 2/10/1959 the second,then he was PM and Professor .They are old as you can see but still very,very timeless…. History always repeats itself….Enjoy :

“I always wished to address this Assembly in Greek, but realized that it would have been indeed “Greek” to all present in this room. I found out,however, that I could make my address in Greek which would still be English to everybody. With your permission, Mr. Chairman, l shall do it now, using with the exception of articles and prepositions, only Greek words.

“Kyrie, I eulogize the archons of the Panethnic Numismatic Thesaurus and the Ecumenical Trapeza for the orthodoxy of their axioms, methods and policies, although there is an episode of cacophony of the Trapeza with Hellas. With enthusiasm we dialogue and synagonize at the synods of our didymous organizations in which polymorphous economic ideas and dogmas are analyzed and synthesized. Our critical problems such as the numismatic plethora generate some agony and melancholy. This phenomenon is characteristic of our epoch. But, to my thesis, we have the dynamism to program therapeutic practices as a prophylaxis from chaos and catastrophe. In parallel, a Panethnic unhypocritical economic synergy and harmonization in a democratic climate is basic. I apologize for my eccentric monologue. I emphasize my euharistia to you, Kyrie to the eugenic arid generous American Ethnos and to the organizes and protagonists of his Amphictyony and the gastronomic symposia

It is Zeus’ anathema on our epoch (for the dynamism of our economies) and the heresy of our economic method and policies that we should agonize the Skylla of nomismatic plethora and the Charybdis of economic anaemia. It is not my idiosyncracy to be ironic or sarcastic but my diagnosis would be that politicians are rather cryptoplethorists. Although they emphatically stigmatize nomismatic plethora, they energize it through their tactics and practices. Our policies should be based more on economic and less on political criteria. Our gnomon has to be a metron between economic,strategic and philanthropic scopes. Political magic has always been anti-economic. In an epoch characterized by monopolies, oligopolies, monopolistic antagonism and polymorphous inelasticities, our policies have to be more orthological, but this should not be metamorphosed into plethorophobia, which is endemic among academic economists. Nomismatic symmetry should not antagonize economic acme. A greater harmonization between the practices of the economic and nomismatic archons is basic. Parallel to this,we have to synchronize and harmonize more and more our economic and nomismatic policies panethnically. These scopes are more practicable now, when the prognostics of the political and economic barometer are halcyonic. The history of our didimus organization on this sphere has been didactic and their gnostic practices will always be a tonic to the polyonymous and idiomorphous ethnical economies. The genesis of the programmed organization will dynamize these policies. Therefore, i sympathize, although not without criticism one or two themes with the apostles and the hierarchy of our organs in their zeal to program orthodox economic and nomismatic policies, although I have some logomachy with them.I apologize for having tyranized you with my Hellenic phraseology. In my epilogue, i emphasize my eulogy to the philoxenous aytochtons of this cosmopolitan metropolis and my encomium to you, Kyrie stenographers


Definitely TIMELESS…..Besides,if Xenophon Zolotas were still alive he could deliver endless speeches including countless Internet Words and High Technology terms.What a great relief for us the Greeks when we come across with words of Greek origin in other languages , they are so time-saving . Nevertheless, we have to be a bit reserved as some of them are False Friend Words …Here are some in the English  language :  sympathetic,sycophant,apophasis,chrestomathy,ecphrasis or ekphrasis and others…happily not many.

Well, I borrow,you lend,I lend you borrow …..It is a small vast world that belongs to everybody….

To all “The Greeks Abroad” ,to Philhellenes and of course to all my Greek,American and English friends and key pals…


  1. Xenophon Zolotas’ rhetoric is didactic in the practicality of phrases of Hellenic etymology 🙂


    • What a pleasant surprise from Down Under !!!
      A very special visit,from a very special,talented,exceptional Doctor.
      I don’t think I could ever get a better comment,so much related to the post….You have commented on so wisely, by using words of Greek origin only.Isn’t it brilliant?
      Please,accept my admiration once again.
      To the Rhyming Doctor that will shine like a star in “The Medical Faculty”


      • Thanks – but you must be careful not to give me a big head. And thankyou for bringing these two historic speeches to your readers.


    • Big heads can never hide….or show smaller…
      As a Doctor you know it better than anybody else.
      Or, I can give you a more “laconic” reply :
      Modesty is a virtue.


  2. wow…very interesting article!i believe that many people don’t know that many english words have greek origin!this is very good for our culture and our language!


    • Thanks for visiting again.That’s obvious,they don’t really know, unless they are scientists who come across with plenty of them in their essays,theses,scientific documents and research papers.
      Besides,traditional newspapers,broadsheets of high-quality journalism,make wide use of that sort of words .Most of them really show their Greek origin,however,there are quite a lot that you can’t tell.Could you ever imagine that the word cheap has its roots in the Greek language?
      Glad to hear you did so well in the semester.Bear up,soon you will reap the fruits of your labours.
      Best of luck


  3. It’s So good 🙂 A silver jubliee Movie from Best of Best Legendry Rajkapoor and Nargis. Watch out for Raj kapoor’s Charlie Chaplin Style 🙂


    • We are talking about the classical film “The Tramp” which was nominated for the G.Prize of the Cannes film festival 1953 .A very popular and timeless film where education-wise the teacher applies modern teaching methods such as the fishing or guessing approach to extract answers from her students.Isn’t it amazing?
      I also like the song from the “Shree 420” film:
      My shoes are Japanese
      These trousers are English
      The red cap on my head is Russian
      But still,however,my heart is INDIAN
      It is so meaningful…


  4. Wonderful article, never knew these English words have Greek origin. Indeed the world is a small place 🙂


    • Thank you for vising my blog.
      I am glad to know you enjoyed my post on “Loans – Anti-loans”
      Here,in Greece we,very much ,believe in Socrates motto : ” As for me,all I know is that I know nothing” and Socrates was a philosopher,which means as he also said “Wisdom begins in wonder”.
      Personally, I believe it would be boring for us to know everything…As we live, we learn….that’s the salt and pepper of life and thanks to high technology and the Internet world,we are really fortunate, we get direct access to knowledge.
      I have inserted a video related to your recent post on teaching and teachers. The teacher’s approach,on the inserted video, is so contemporary… It is a small world that belongs to all of us and it is really nice to share culture from everywhere….


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