English Words of (Unexpected) Greek Origin.

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Posted by Johannes on 5 August 2008

Etymology of language

The word language came from the Latin lingua (tongue, speech, language) from the verb lingo (to lick), which derives from the Greek verb λείχω (liho; to lick).

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From the same root: lingua-, linguo-, linguistics, lingua franca.

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In modern Greek.
α) γλείφω: lick [glifo]
β) γλείψιμο: licking [glipsimo]
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Η λέξη language (γλώσσα) προήλθε από το Λατινικό lingua (γλώσσα) από το ρήμα lingo (γλείφω), το οποίο με τη σειρά του προήλθε από το μέλλοντα λιχώ του ρήματος λείχω (γλείφω).
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λείχω (liho) –> lingo –> lingua –> language.
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