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Posted by Johannes on 5 August 2008

Etymology of brief and briefing

The word brief comes from the Latin brevis (short) that derives from the ancient Greek brahis (short).

From the same root: briefing, briefly, brevity, briefcase, briefness.

In modern Greek:
a) brahis: short
b) brahitis: shortness, brevity
c) brahino: to shorten, to cut down

Η λέξη brief (βραχύς, σύντομος) προέρχεται από το λατινικό brevis (βραχύς), το οποίο με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από το ελληνικό βραχύς.

brahis –> brevis –> brief

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