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Illuminations in Etymology

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Frank Marrero, Enelysios



Fools are those who are not in constant intercourse

with their own nature.

- and -

Fools are those who do not understand their own language.

— Heraklitos, 500 years B.C.E.



Language is, first of all, the interruption of silence.

Even in its most exact and concrete detail, every word is fundamentally poetic, leading from where you dwell to the silent point of truth.

Language is, in every tongue, a mere thread of what is spoken.    

Language is, like every other growing body, a living, breathing process -- and words (every one and all) are vibrantly alive, each echoing a long lineage of sound and reflection. This aural inheritance can be heard in sentence, song, and verse, as we reach back to a distant time of simpler sounds and simpler meanings. Speech may suddenly loom symphonic in a dance of form and feeling -- even carry one away into a time of musing and ancient understanding. While a handful of words in our language have come to us essentially unchanged through millennia, most are the product of seasoned transformation and growth -- and all word-sounds communicate, even if unbeknownst to our verbal mind, their deep roots in silent ground.

--The View from Delphi



Note: At no time in any of its history did the Hellenes refer to their country as “Greece”, to themselves as the “Greeks”, or their language as “Greek.” This mistake has been proposed to be a very early Latin error whereby the initial encounter with the Hellenes was via one town Graia, “Gray”, on the coast of Boestia. This blunder can be likened unto Columbus insisting he had indeed discovered India and thus the Natives of the New Land have been referred to as “Indians” ever since. Therefore, like “Peking” to “Beijing” and “Bombay” to “Mumbai”, I defer the name of the county and people to those who live there: the county, Hellas; the people, Hellenes. However, Hellenika is not as simple and clear as “Greek”, so I continue to use this word to connote the language, also appreciating Latin contributions.

     Originally Hellas indicated only the province that held the Oracle at Delphi, but because of the far-reaching desire to partake in that holy ground, the name Hellas grew to include the whole region.


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