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BRIEF, BRIEFING, BREVITY [English words of Greek origin)

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BRIEF, BRIEFING, BREVITY [English words of Greek origin)

Postby Neos » Sun May 04, 2008 8:25 am

The word brief comes from the Latin brevis (short) that derives from the ancient Greek brahis (short).

From the same root: briefing, briefly, brevity, briefcase, briefness.

In modern Greek:
a) brahis: short
b) brahitis: shortness, brevity
c) brahino: to shorten, to cut down

brahis --> brevis --> brief

See the blog: English words of no apparent Greek origin at: http://ewonago.blogspot.com/
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Re: BRIEF, BRIEFING, BREVITY [English words of Greek origin)

Postby annis » Sun May 04, 2008 1:08 pm

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Postby Neos » Sun May 04, 2008 8:10 pm

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Postby annis » Sun May 04, 2008 8:45 pm

Neos wrote:Instead of an answer, i would like to quote two paragraphs from the Preface of the "Etymological Dictionary of the Latin Language" by F. Valpy (London, 1828) concerning the relationship between Latin and Greek.


We should not be relying on works nearly two centuries old as etymological authorities. No modern historical linguist is going to accept Latin as the daughter language of Greek. The idea is completely indefensible.
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Postby Lucus Eques » Mon May 05, 2008 11:59 am

Will is correct. To say that all Latin words derive from Greek is as silly as saying all Spanish words derive from Italian.
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Postby IreneY » Mon May 05, 2008 12:20 pm

You must be kidding! All words of all languages come from Greek. Haven't you seen my big fat Greek wedding where the father of the bride explains how "kimono" comes from "χειμών" ?

Edit. Found the quote:"Kimono, kimono, kimono. Ha! Of course! Kimono is come from the Greek word himona, is mean winter. So, what do you wear in the wintertime to stay warm? A robe. You see: robe, kimono. There you go!"
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Postby Misopogon » Mon May 05, 2008 5:17 pm

Oh Irene you're great, I was thinking about the same film! Lol
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Postby benissimus » Mon May 05, 2008 7:09 pm

This is all besides the point, since Greek derives from Chinese anyways.
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Postby IreneY » Mon May 05, 2008 9:33 pm

Ouch! That "article" actually hurt! :lol: However I suspect the writer either wanted to prove that Chinese come from Greek or this is another "Atlantis mother of all civilizations" "proof"

Misopogon, I forgot to mention that according to Gus Portokalos "Miller" comes from "μήλο", "apple". I think I like that one more :D (I guess millers milled apples in England).
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Postby annis » Mon May 05, 2008 9:37 pm

My brains hurt now.
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Postby IreneY » Mon May 05, 2008 9:47 pm

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