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What does the Greek language mean?? Few of us know it

What does the Greek language mean?? Few of us know it

Panagiotis Karafotias
17 May, 2024

The English language has 490.000 words of which 41.615 words. is from the Greek language.. (Guinness book)

"Greek with its mathematical structure is the language of IT and the new generation of advanced computers, because only in it are there no limits."

(Bill Gates, Microsoft)

Greek and Chinese are the only languages ​​with a continuous living presence from the same peoples and…..in the same place for 4.000 years.

"All languages ​​are considered hidden Greek, with rich borrowings from the mother of languages, Greek." (Francisco Adrados, linguist).

The Greek language has words for concepts, which remain unrepresented in other languages, such as amilla, thalpore and philotimos. Only the Greek language distinguishes life from life, love from love. Only it separates, maintaining the same fundamental theme, accident from accident, interest from interest.

The surprising thing is that the Greek language itself constantly teaches us how to write correctly. Through etymology, we can understand what is the correct way of writing even words, which we have never seen or written.

"Pirouni" for example, for someone who has basic knowledge of Ancient Greek, it is obvious that it is written with "ei" and not with "i-n" as we very wrongly write it today. The reason is very simple, "fork" comes from the verb "piero", which means to pierce-pierce, precisely because we pierce with this food to catch it.

Also, the word "concrete" cannot of course be written "concealed", as it comes from "krimenos" (one who has been judged) and certainly not from "krymonos" (one who has hidden). So having several letters for the same sound (e.g. η, ι, υ, ε, etc.) should not only not make it difficult for us, but on the contrary it should help us to write more correctly, as long as we have a basic understanding of our language.

In addition, the spelling in turn helps us in the etymology but also in tracing the historical course of each word. And what can help us understand our everyday modern Greek language more than anything else, is the knowledge of Ancient Greek.

It is a really shocking feeling to speak and at the same time to realize what exactly you are saying, while you speak and mouth each word at the same time, to think about its meaning.

It's a real shame that the Ancients are taught in such a horrible way in school to make you dislike something so beautiful and fascinating.



In language we have the signifier (the word) and the signified (the meaning). In the Greek language these two have a primary relationship, as unlike other languages ​​the signifier is not a random sequence of letters. In an ordinary language like English we can all agree to say the cloud car and the car cloud, and once we agree it holds true. In Greek, such a thing is impossible. For this reason, many separate Greek as a "conceptual" language from the rest of the "semiological" languages.

In fact, the great philosopher and mathematician Werner Heisenberg had noticed this important quality about which he had said: "My term in the ancient Greek language was my greatest intellectual exercise. In this language there is the most complete correspondence between the word and its conceptual content".

As Antisthenes used to tell us, "The beginning of wisdom, you visit the names". For example, the "archon" is the one who has his own land (here = land + οχεν). And really, even nowadays it is very important to have one's own land / own house.

"Helper" means the one who runs to the call. Scream = voice + see = run. Aster is the star, but the word itself tells us that it moves, it does not stand still in the sky (a + ster from isthimi meaning to stand).

What is really interesting, is that many times the word describes properties of the concept it expresses, but in such a way, that impresses and gives food for thought.

For example "envy" is etymologically derived from the verb "fhtino" which means to decrease. And really, envy as an emotion slowly diminishes and destroys us. It "diminishes" us - diminishes us as human beings - and even diminishes our health. And, of course, when we refer to something that is so much that it never ends, what do we call it? But, of course, "plenty".

We have the word "nice" derived from "hour". Because for something to be beautiful, it has to come on time. The fruit is not nice when it is unripe or rotten and a beautiful woman is not someone in her 70s or of course not in her 10s. Even the best food isn't nice when we're full because, in that case, we can't enjoy it.

We still have the word "freedom" for which the "Etymological Mega" is extended "in spite of eleufthein where era" = to go where one loves.... So based on the word itself, you are free when you have the ability to go where you love. What an interesting interpretation!!!

The statue is etymologically derived from "agallomai" (thanks) because when we see (in the initial phase the Gods) a beautiful ancient Greek statue our soul is pleased, rejoices. And from this sight comes the rejoicing. However, if we analyze this word, we will see that it is composed of agallomai + iásias (= medicine). So, to summarize, when we see a beautiful statue (or anything beautiful), our soul rejoices and we are healed. And really, we all know that our mental state is directly linked to our physical health.

Parentheses: and since the "talk" brought it, the Greek language also tells us what is ugly. From the negative "a" and the word shape we can easily understand what. Think about it for a moment.

At this point, we can only dwell on the corresponding Latin word for "statue" (which alone is not Latin). The Latins called the statue, statua from the Greek "isthimi" we already mentioned, and they called it so because it stands still. Note the vast difference in philosophy between the two languages, what in Greek means something so deep conceptually, to the Latins it is simply an immovable thing.

The relationship that language has with human thought is obvious. As George Orwell says in his immortal work "1984", simple language means simple thinking. There the regime was trying to limit language, to limit people's thinking, constantly abolishing words.

"Language and its rules develop the crisis", wrote Mihai Eminescu, national poet of the Romanians.

A complex language is evidence of a spiritually advanced culture. To be able to speak correctly means that you are already in a position to think correctly, to constantly generate speech and not to parrot words and phrases.



The Greek voice in ancient times was called "avdi". This word is not accidental since it comes from the verb "ado" which means to sing.

As the great poet and academic Nikiforos Vrettakos writes:

"When ever I leave this light I will meander upward, like a murmuring river. And if I happen to meet angels somewhere between the blue corridors, I will speak Greek to them, because they do not know languages. They talk to each other with music."

The well-known French writer Jacques Lacarrier also describes to us the following experience from his trip to Greece: "I heard these people talking in a language, which to me was harmonious but also incomprehensible music. This journey to the motherland – mother of our concepts – revealed to me an unknown ancestor, who spoke a language so far in the past, but familiar only by its sounds. I felt lost, as if I had been told one night that my real father or my real mother were not the ones who had resurrected me."

The famous Greek and internationally renowned musician, Ianis Xenakis, had many times emphasized that the musicality of the Greek language is equal to that of the universal.

But Gibbon also spoke of a musical and fertile language, which gives body to philosophical abstractions and soul to the objects of the senses. Let's not forget, that the Ancient Greeks did not use separate symbols for notes, they used the letters of the alphabet themselves.

"The tones of the Greek language are musical points that, together with the rules, protect a language par excellence from dissonance, as does the counterpoint taught in conservatories, or the inflections and inflections that correct bad chords", as the philologist notes and author A. Tziropoulou-Eustathiou.

It is also known that when the Roman citizens first heard Greek orators in Rome, they flocked to admire, even those who did not know Greek, the people who "spoke like nightingales". Unfortunately, somewhere along the course of the Greek race, this musicality (which the Italians managed and kept) was lost, apparently in the dark years of the Turkish occupation.

Let us emphasize here, that the people of the countryside, whom we often make fun of for their pronunciation, are closer to the Ancient Greek accent than we city people!…

The Greek language was imposed effortlessly (on the Latins) thanks to its musicality.

As the Roman Horace writes, "The Greek race was born favored with a sonorous language, full of musicality."


Very important note: 

We older Greeks are the last generation, which he can understand the Gospel in the language in which this was written!…





K. Konstantinidis




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