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by haro
Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: monopoly
Replies: 10
Views: 1804

monopoly

Duckling, the Greek word 'mónos' means alone, singular, lonesome, abandoned; as an adverb it means only, merely etc.. There are many derivatives such as 'mónachos' = single, the origin of the English word 'monk', and then of course all those composites such as monotony, monogamy, monopoly etc.. Ther...
by haro
Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: monopoly
Replies: 10
Views: 1804

monopoly

A bit off-topic but maybe interesting: Duckling's initial posting shows that the syllable '-pol-' in Greek words and words of Greek origin is pretty polyvalent and sometimes can be misleading: - In 'monopoly' it comes from 'polein' = to sell. - In 'police,' 'politics' and the like it comes from 'pol...
by haro
Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: lunker
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

lunker

Back to the Alps from Northern Michigan, where ice fishing on thousands of lakes is very popular, I wonder what the origin of the word 'lunker' is. A lunker is a big game fish of mostly undetermined species. The word can also be used in a more general sense for anything unusually big for its kind. H...
by haro
Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: conspiracy
Replies: 1
Views: 923

conspiracy

Jen, as you could read on the hubris / conspiracy thread, that alleged relationship between conspiracy and hubris actually wasn't much more than a bad joke. There is not the slightest connection or relationship between those two words. The relationship between 'hybris' / 'hubris' and 'hybrid,' howev...
by haro
Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:46 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: justice
Replies: 2
Views: 2289

justice

Mirror, a brief look at entries like 'justice' and 'just' in one of the dictionaries mentioned on our home page will show you that the origin of the word 'justice' is much older than Justinian. Actually it's more than 1000 years older. Simply put, the Latin word 'ius' (often spelled 'jus') is the ro...
by haro
Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:41 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Christmas vs. Xmas
Replies: 15
Views: 4741

Christmas vs. Xmas

Mike, the fish symbol also has another connection to Jesus Christ, in that the first two Greek letters of the Greek word for fish, ichthys, namely I (iota) and X (chi), traditionally stand for Iesous Christos (a bit like X (chi) and P (rho) often stand for the first two letters of Christos). On the ...
by haro
Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: pancake
Replies: 3
Views: 1280

pancake

The German word for a pancake is 'Pfannkuchen,' where the first part is a slightly shortened form of 'Pfanne' = pan, whereas the second half means a cake. In other words, it's exactly the same as in English. Which does not necessarily rule out the 'pain = bread' version, since sometimes etymological...