Tag Archives: Word of the Week

Chameleon (Greek Word of the Week)

Perhaps there are a few of you in this club cultured enough to understand the link between the pic on the left and this week’s Greek WOTW. In case you’re a man without conviction or a man who doesn’t know, … Continue reading

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LOLing in Koine (Greek Word of the Week)

So, here’s the sitch. Ur txting ur BFF & they tell a funny joke, rt? OMG, ur ROFLing 4eva! And, of course, desirous to explicate the amount and volume of your gelotological response to said stimuli, you endeavor to articulate … Continue reading

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ποῦπος (Greek Word of the Week)

You have to say this word out loud. And no, it’s not a synonym for σκύβαλον, that favorite of every puerile budding Hellenist. Get your mind out of the ἀφεδρών! In fact, it’s a bird, technically, a hoopoe, Latin name … Continue reading

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χοιροπίθηκος (Greek Word of the Week)

Compound words are just fun. German may be the best. They have about Zweihundertvierundachtzigtausend long compound words. But, Greek’s no slouch. And, the word for the week is a pretty creative one. Let’s say you were looking at a giraffe … Continue reading

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καλαμοσφάκτης (Greek Word of the Week)

ὁ καλαμοσφάκτης n. A compound of κάλαμος, a reed or writing instrument, and σφάκτης, a murderer. Thus: one who kills with a pen. Philo’s In Flaccum contains the only extant usage, about a corrupt Alexandrian official: ὃν πολλάκις ὁ δῆμος ἅπας … Continue reading

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