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Etymology of Deus, deity, divine, adieu, diva, Jupiter, jovial.

Posted by Johannes on 24 May 2010

Origin of Deus, deity, divine, adieu, diva, Jupiter, jovial.
The etymology of Deus (God) is somehow controversial. Some etymologize it from the Greek Theos (God; Θεός), whereas others (Babiniotis etc) reject this etymology.
Most probably it derives from the Greek Aeolic form Deus (Δεύς) of Zeus (the genitive of Zeus is Dios).
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Jupiter (Juppiter): Zeus+pater: Zeus father.
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adieu: from the French phrase “a dieu (vous) commant”, that is “I commend (you) to God,” [a (to) + dieu (God)]. Similarly adios in Spanish (a+dios)
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divine: from the Latin divinus (of a god), from divus (dius) from the Greek dios (something/someone from Zeus, something/someone from God, divine; δίος).

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From the same root:

English: deify, divinity, deism, deity, divination, diviner, deicide, diva, jovial, joviality, Jovian
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French: dieu, deessee, divin, diviniser, divinite, deviner, deisme
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Italian: Dio, dea, diva, divino, divinita, divinizzare, devinare, deismo
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Spanish: Dios, diosa, divino, divinita, adivinar, deismo, divinidad
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German: Theisme
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In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί)
 
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a) Dias: Zeus [Δίας]
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b) Theos: God [Θεός]
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c) adio: goodbye (loan word from French) [αντίο]
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d) diva: diva (loan word from Italian) [ντίβα]
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Πλήθος αγγλικών λέξεων όπως deity (Θεότητα), divine (θε’ι’κός), divination (μαντεία) κλ καθώς και το γαλλικό adieu (αντίο) προέρχονται από την Αιολική μορφή Δεύς του Ζεύς.
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Etymology of cup

Posted by Johannes on 24 May 2010

Origin of cup
Cup comes from the Latin cupa/cuppa (hollow, cup), which derives from the Greek cype (hollow, cup; κύπη).
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From the same root:
English: cupel
French: coupe, cuve, cuvette
Italian: coppa, coppella
Spanish: copa, cuba, copela
German: Kupe
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In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί).
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Η λέξη cup (κύπελλο) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό cupa/cuppa (κοιλότητα, κύπελλο), το οποίο προέρχεται από το Ελληνικό κύπη (κοιλότητα, γούβα, κύπελλο).

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Etymology of pants, pantaloons

Posted by Johannes on 24 May 2010

Origin of pants, pantaloons
Pants is a shortened form of pantaloons. Pantaloons (kind of tights, trousers) derives from the French pantalon from the name of Pantaleone a hero of comedia dell’arte (16th century), who used to wear such trousers. The name Pantaleon is Greek and means “always a lion, in all things like a lion” [Panta- (always, all things) + –leon (lion)].
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Saint Pantaleon (the name later changed to Panteleimon – always mercyful, all-mercuful-) was martyred under the reign of Emperor Maximian (ca. 305 A.D.). He was a physician, and he dedicated his life to the suffering, the sick, the unfortunate and the needy. He treated all those who turned to him without charge, healing them in the name of Jesus Christ. More: here.
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Saint Panteleimon

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From the same root:

French: pantalon

Italian: pantalone

Spanish: pantalon

Turkish: pantolon

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In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί)
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a) pantaloni: pantaloon (loan word from It. pantalone) [πανταλόνι]

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b) panta: all, always [πάντα]. See the same pan- (all) in many words such as: pandemic, pandemonium, panacea, panegyric, panoply, panorama, pantheon, pantomime etc.

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c) eleimon: mercyful [ελεήμων]

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d) eleos: mercy [έλεος]

 

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Η λέξη pant αποτελεί συντόμευση του pantaloon (πανταλόνι). Προέρχεται από το Γαλλικό pantalon από το όνομα Πανταλέων (Pantaleone) ενός χαρακτήρα της comedia dell’arte (16ος αιώνας), ο οποίος στα έργα φορούσε τέτοια πανταλόνια.

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Etymology of lion

Posted by Johannes on 24 May 2010

Origin of lion
The word lion comes from the old French lion from the Latin leo (lion), which is a trasliteration of the Greek leon (gen. leontos; lion; λέων).
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From the same root:
English: lioncel, lioness, lion-hearted
French: lion
Italian: leone, leonessa
Spanish: leon
German: Löwe
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In Romeika (modern Greek, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί)
a) liontari: lion [λιοντάρι]
b) leena: lioness [λέαινα]
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Η λέξη lion (λιοντάρι) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό leo (λιοντάρι), το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού λέων.
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