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IF GREEK WERE TO BE EXTRACTED FROM ANY MODERN, CIVILIZED LANGUAGE, THE LATTER WOULD REVERT TO STONE-AGE DICTION.
When you have in-depth knowledge of Greek, not only can you play English at your fingertips, but have superior access to the semantics of the words as well, feeling their every nuance, since the derivatives of this diction functions exclusively within ancient and modern Greek (the latter being an unbroken continuum of the former).
Beyond the obvious Greek words in English and all European languages, there exist within the latter countless Greek words that have been deformed through mispronunciation as they were carried by the Romans and passed on to the barbaric tribes of the west and Albion.
Let's take "alms" for instance, which means 'to show pity.' It stems from the Greek ελεημοσύνη (Εleimosyne). Middle English 'almesse,' 'almes,' from Old English 'ælmesse,' 'ælmes,' from Late Latin 'eleemosyna' = alms, from Greek 'eleēmosynē' = pity, alms, from 'eleēmōn' = merciful, from 'eleos' = pity.
Greek words reside within the warp and woof of all 'civilized' (Hellenized) languages, and if they were to be extracted from the latter, these languages would revert to Stone-Age communication.
So indebted is the West and East to Greek that it makes one wonder why no interest has been paid back to its land of origin by those who run the banking system draining the country of its economy... In other words, who is indebted to whom?
(Not that the modern Greek governments are not to blame for their mismanagement, that is.... )-Panagiotis Terpandrou Zachariou-