This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
Can you tell me the origin of the word "Greece"? (Greeks refer to their country as Ellas (for Helen of Troy, I assume))
Submitted by Jayson Katsanivakis (Seattle - U.S.A.)
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As I have observed before, when asked questions of this sort, you need a gazeteer or encyclopedia.
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