100 +1 English Words of Greek Origin
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100 +1 English Words of Greek Origin

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The Greek language is the expression and the emblazonment of a nation, the Greek nation, through time. Greeks have saved a tradition which has its fundaments on a spiritual mountain range, metaphorically speaking: the Creto-Mycenean heritage and the heroic ethics, the archaic cities-states and the classical miracle, philosophy, and tragedy, the Macedonian leap, and the Alexandrian flourishing, the Orthodox Christian faith, and the Byzantine renaissance, the Modern Greek folk songs and the rest of the literature. The Greek language is an irrefutable witness of that centuries-old and sublime course and it has been providing the global civilisation with all those words and meanings which contribute to what we call civilisation.

Theory and the empirical or practical knowledge, system and method, logic and organization, hypothesis, criteria and categories, analysis and synthesis, ideas, theses and themes, crisis and problems, technology and machine, type and analogy, phase and programme, sphere and atmosphere, diagnosis, symptoms and therapy, enthusiasm, mystery and magic, symmetry and rhythm, period and epoch, tone and melody, democracy, policy and dialogue, energy and pathos, poetry, theatre and drama, economy, mathematics and arithmetic, symphony, music and orchestra, school, myth, and history are some of the key-words which have passed from Greek into other European languages having been the basis of the European and more generally the Western thought. And since it is well-known that language means thought, a rich language means a rich thought process.

...and English

According to Eurostat, the statistical service of the European Union, it is estimated that more than 50% of the European Union population speak English as their mother tongue or use it in their communication. In addition to that, there are approximately 400 million people who are native English speakers in all over the world. Therefore, English is the lingua franca (common language) of our time and it plays an important role in the connection of different peoples with each other.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 7mm | 168g
  • English
  • 6188463173
  • 9786188463172
  • 1,065,136

Review quote

"An admittedly useful book which was composed above and beyond the call of philological duty to showcase the broadly unknown journey of many Greek words to the already globalised English language". Ioannis Kazantzidis, Ancient and Modern Greek Language Teacher, Thessaloniki, Greece

"I surprisingly observed the connection between the English and the Greek language and the way the latter affected Latin languages in general. A book that will make many Greeks proud!"
Parthena Daniilidou, Marketing and Accounting Studies, Kastoria, Greece

"Greek in its diachrony! A wonderful journey to the early days of the words and their deepest meanings!"
Thanos Tassios, Mediterranean Studies (specialisation in International Relations), Serres, Greece
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