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Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby greagach » Sun Sep 07, 2003 7:21 pm

Anyone happens to know the meaning behind “Phi Beta Kappa”, and other triads of Greek letters, that I see featuring on various college jerseys or T-shirts from the States? <br /><br /> Do they imply something? Is there any particular story behind them?<br />
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby Emma_85 » Sun Sep 07, 2003 7:50 pm

Now, I may be wrong, as I don't really know anything much about America, but I think that these letters are to show which 'house' they are in. In the US the students don't all have to live in crappy accomadation, they can live in nice homes, if their parents or friends of their parents went to that Uni. They have nice homes that rich people bought for the students at that college after the graduated or something. And they give these homes letters from the Greek alphabet. <br /><br />Well, maybe. All this info I just gave you is just what I think to be true, because of what I've seen in some US films and tv series.
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby annis » Sun Sep 07, 2003 7:58 pm

[quote author=Emma_85 link=board=2;threadid=608;start=0#5514 date=1062964237]<br />Now, I may be wrong, as I don't really know anything much about America, but I think that these letters are to show which 'house' they are in.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Emma, this is the funniest characterization of the US Fraternity system I have ever heard. It's anthropological. I love it.<br /><br />The Greek letters are for Fraternities and Sororities, University societies. They are actually acronyms for mottos in Greek, which I am confident the vast majority of fraternity and sorority members do not understand.<br /><br />Here, "Philosophy the Guide of Life."<br />
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby greagach » Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:13 pm

Thank you, dear friends, for your input. <br /><br /> So, would that one be: <br /> [face=SPIonic] Filosofi/a, o( tou= bi/ou kubernh/thj [/face], right? <br /><br /> Do you know any other "initials" ? That's a very interesting idea, all in all, even if the students don't care about the meaning...
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby Emma_85 » Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:16 pm

Well, it is a bit difficult do understand something when the only information you have to go on are the Scream films ;).
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby annis » Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:38 pm

[quote author=greagach link=board=2;threadid=608;start=0#5516 date=1062965604]<br /> So, would that one be: <br /> [face=SPIonic] Filosofi/a, o( tou= bi/ou kubernh/thj [/face], right? <br />[/quote]<br /><br />I'd drop the articles, I think, but yes.<br /><br />
<br /> Do you know any other "initials" ? That's a very interesting idea, all in all, even if the students don't care about the meaning...<br />
<br /><br />I don't know any others.
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby greagach » Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:54 pm

[face=SPIonic] xa/rin e)/xw, w)= Goulie/lme [/face]
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby aemilius » Wed Sep 10, 2003 7:19 am

[quote author=greagach link=board=2;threadid=608;start=0#5516 date=1062965604]<br /> Do you know any other "initials" ? That's a very interesting idea, all in all, even if the students don't care about the meaning...<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Well these are from a book Enchiridion by Elaine Woodward &<br /><br />Marianne Pagos:<br /><br />[face=SPIonic]ZBT, SX, TEK, APW, BQP, GSS, LLL [/face]<br /><br />I don't know their meaning however.<br /><br />aemilius
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Re:Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Postby greagach » Wed Sep 10, 2003 6:25 pm

[face=SPIonic] eu)xaristw= soi e)c i)/sou, w)= Ai)mi/lie<br /> <br /> ou)de/n pro/blhma, diakribh/somai t' a)krwnu/mia tau=ta a)f' e(autou=, e)n Diadiktu/w [/face]
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