posted by nk at 10:27 AM
Your handwriting is terrible. I can barely read this!
MAYDAYLet us remember the victims of Communism.
Very interesting, nk. This is Greek, right? I assume the last word means "communism" but it looks like a made-up or joke word. (I could be biased, though, since I'm not a fan of communism.) What is its derivation?
Hi, DRJ,It is communism. It is not a Greek word, it was imported and transliterated into Greek. I suppose the closest Greek cognate is "kynonia", which has a very broad meaning ranging from religious "communion" (bread and wine) to "society".
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, "communism" is a French word, invented around 1840.The Greeks, around 1880, created a "purist" philosophy to the importation of foreign words, translating them into Greek whenever they could, not corrupting them, but also leaving well enough alone. So, for example, you would park your "autokineto" (self-propelled) in the "garage" and take the "ascensoir" (elevator) to your apartment.
Before that, they did corrupt foreign words. For another example, the flintlock which decorates my site is a "kariofili". It is a corruption of the name of the Italian arms makers, Carlo e Figli (Carlo and Sons) which provided those kind of arms to Greeks on the Albanian frontier.
Fascinating, nk, but how fitting that communism has French origins. There is so much to learn from etymology and geography. And from Greeks!
And from West Texan pioneers.
You are fascinating here and clever at Patterico.com. I like both your personas but why the difference?
If I understand your question: Well, this is my site, where I walk around barefoot, with my hair down. At Patterico's, that's his site, I put on shoes (cordovans ^_^) and do my best to be a contributor to the conversation.I mostly talk to myself, here. I don't have a lot of visitors.Have you visited Say Uncle? You can click it on my side bar. It's mostly about guns, but he has very civil comment threads on other topics, as well, on small "l" libertarian topics.
You did understand my question.I like SayUncle but I don't visit enough. I get in a rut of visiting the same places but I need to branch out.
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