Nike, Nurses and Neon: The Ancient Greek and Latin Words We Use Every Day

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Did you know that porpoise means "pig fish" and that hippopotamus translates as "river horse?" Or that the name George comes from the word "farmer," and that Rupert means "firm as a rock?" From the icons on computer monitors to words in everyday speech, English is heavily rooted in words adopted from the ancient Greeks and Romans. This insightful and entertaining study investigates just how far Greek and Latin still pervade modern culture and language, along the way revealing a veritable cornucopia of quirky trivia and ...

Nike, Nurses and Neon: The Ancient Greek and Latin Words We Use Every Day 2009, Metro, London, England

ISBN-13: 9781844546503

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