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Etymology of camera

Posted by Johannes on 2 June 2012

The word camera (a device that records and stores images; vaulted building), comes from the Latin camera (vaulted room), which is a transliteration of the Greek word camara (a vault, arched roof or ceiling, vaulted chamber; room). The word was also used as a short for camera obscura (dark chamber; a black box with a lens that could project images of external objects), and thus it became the word for “picture-taking device”.

In modern Greek (Romeika, Rumca):
a) camera: camera [Gr: κάμερα; loanword]
b) camara: arch, arcade [Gr: καμάρα]
c) camara: room [Gr: κάμαρα]

d) camariera: chambermaid [Gr: καμαριέρα]
e) camarini: dressing room, green room [Gr: καμαρίνι]


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Etymology of fidelity, faith, confidence, fiance.

Posted by Johannes on 5 December 2010

Origin of fidelity, faith, confidence, fiance.
Fidelity comes form the French fidelite from the Latin fidelis (faithful), from fides (faith, loyalty), from the verb fido (to trust), which derives from the Greek verb pitho (to persuade, to trust; Gr: πείθ-ω/πείθ-ομαι).

From the same root:
English: fiducial, faith, confidense, fiance, fiancee.
French: fidele, fiducie, fidelite, fier, fiancer, confiance, defier
Italian: fido, fidducia, fidarsi, diffidare, fidanzare, condidenza
Spanish: fiel, Fidel, fidelidad, fiar, fe, fianza, confianza

In modern Greek (Romeika):
a) pitho: to persuade [pith-o; Gr: πείθω]
b) pisti: faith [pist-i; Gr: πίστη]
c) empistevome: to trust [en-pist-evome; Gr: εμπιστεύομαι]

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Etymology of caliber

Posted by Johannes on 16 November 2010

Caliber comes from the old French calibre (14c.), from the Arabic qalib “a mold, last”, which derives from the Greek calapous [Gr: καλάπους] “a shoemaker’s last” lit. “little wooden foot,” from calon “wood” + pous “foot”.


From the same root: calibrate, calibration.


In modern Greek (Romeika):
a) calapodi: a shoemaker’s last, a little wooden foot [Gr: καλαπόδι]

b) calibraro: calibrate [Gr:καλιμπράρω], loanword


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Etymology of gusto

Posted by Johannes on 29 September 2009

Origin of gusto.
The word gusto (enthousiastic enjoyment, pleasure, high spirits, cheerfulness) comes from the latin gustus (taste) from the verb gusto (to taste), which derives from the Greek verb geuso (to taste; γεύσω).

From the same root:
English: gustation, gustative, choose
French: gout (old French: goust), gouter, degouter, degustateur, ragout, choisir, choix
gusto, gustare, digustarsi, gustatore
Spanish: gusto, gustar, disgustarse, degustador, regosto, escoger
Kost, kosten, kiesen (via the old Germ. Kausjan)
Dutch: kust

In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei-Romans).
a) geusi / or better gefsi: taste [γεύση]
b) geuso / gefso: to taste [γεύσω]
c) geusticos / gefsticos: tasty [γευστικός]
d) geuma / gevma: meal, dinner, lunch [γεύμα]
e) geumatizo / gevmatizo: lunch, dine, have lunch [γευματίζω]
f) gusto: gusto (loan from Italian) [γούστο]
e) gustaro: like, care for (loan from Italian) [γουστάρω]

Η λέξη gusto (απόλαυση, τέρψη, ευχαρίστηση, κέφι) προέρχεται από το λατινικό gustus (γεύση) από το ρήμα gusto (γεύσω), που με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από το ελληνικό ρήμα γεύσω/ γεύσομαι.

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Etymology of the word “toilet”

Posted by Johannes on 18 September 2009

Origin of the word “toilet”

Toilet comes from the French toilette (a cloth, bag for clothes) from toile (cloth, net). Sense evolution is to “act or process of dressing” and then “a dressing room”. Toile (older: teile) comes from the latin te(xe)la [fabric, cloth, textile] from the latin verb texo, which derives from the Greek verb tefho (fut. tefxo; weave, create, build, construct; τεύχω).
From the same root:
towel, text, texture, toil
In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei – Romans)
a) architecton: architect [αρχικέκτων]
b) techni: mastery, workmanship, art [τέχνη]
c) technicos: technical [τεχνικός]
δ) tualeta: toilet, bathroom, dress (loan from English/French) [τουαλέτα]
Note: Some etymologize toilet from the unification of the Greek article “to” (the) with the substantive eileon (involucrum, wrapper; είλεον) from the Greek verb eilyo (originally: Felnyo; ειλύω), which means to surround, to encircle, to girdle. From this verb (eilyo) comes also the latin verb volvo (trundle, wheel, roll).
Η λέξη toilet προέρχεται από το γαλλικό toilette (ρούχο, ένδυμα) από το toile (ρούχο, δίκτυ), το οποίο με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από το λατινικό te(xe)la [ύφασμα, ένδυμα] από το ρήμα texo, το οποίο με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από το ελληνικό ρήμα τεύχω (ποιώ, κατασκευάζω, υφαίνω, διαμορφώ, σχηματίζω.
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Etymology of toll

Posted by Johannes on 12 July 2009

Etymology of toll
The word toll (tax, fee) derives from the late Latin tolonium from the Latin telonium (tollhouse), which is a transliteration of the Greek telonion (tollhouse; τελωνείον), from telos (tax, fee, end, aim; τέλος).

From the same root:
tollage, toll- (-house, -booth, -gate)

In modern Greek (Romeika)
a) telos: toll (τέλος)
b) telonio: customs, custom-house (τελωνείο)
c) teloniakos: customs inspector (τελωνειακός, τελώνης)

Η λέξη toll (τέλος) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό tolonium από το το telonium (τελωνείο), το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού τελωνείον από το τέλος.

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Etymology of Constantine

Posted by Johannes on 26 May 2009

Etymology of Constantine

The proper noun Constantine comes from the Latin constans (stable, steadfast, standing firm) from the verb consto (cum+sto) from the Greek verb sto (stand, standstill; ίστημι, στάω, στώ).
Con (cum, com) derives from the Greek syn (with; συν).
From the same route.
English: Constantinople [Constantinou polis: Constantine’s city], constant, constancy, constantly, stable, stand, status, station, state, stance, stater, stationery, stasis, statical, rest, statistic, statue, statuary, stead, stature, substitute, stow, circumstance, institut, constitution, stay, steady, understand
French: stable, stabilite, stabulation, constance, etat, statere, station, stationner, stasimon, statique, stase, rester, statistique, statue, statuer, ester, stature, statut, constant, substituer
Italian: stabile, stabilita, staibilazione, constare, stato, statere, statione,stanza, stasi, statico, restare, statistico, statua, statuario, statura, statuto
Spanish: estable, estabilidad, estabilacion, estado, estandia, constancia, estater, estacion, estancia, estasis, estatico, estadistica, estatua, estar, estatura, substituir
German: stabil, Stabilitat, Staat, konstant, Stater, Station, stationieren, stauen, Stand, Stanze, statisch, stationar, Rest, Statistik, Statue, Statur, Statut, Stadt, Statt, stehen, verstehen
In modern Greek (Romeika)
a) Constantinos: Constantine [Κωνσταντίνος]
b) Constantinupolis: Constantinople [Κωνσταντινούπολη]
c) stasi: station, stand, posture, stop [Στάση]
d) statheros: stable [Σταθερός]
e) stathmi: level [Στάθμη]
f) istos: tissue (histos – see histology) [Ιστός]
g) staticos: static [Στατικός]
h) statistici: statistics [Στατιστική]
i) stathmos: station [Σταθμός]
Other words in modern Greek (Romeika)
There are many other words from the same root.
Some of them in Greek are:
(από-, κατά-, διά-, παρά-, περί-, από- κλ)σταση,
(παρα-, απο-)στάτης,
(ανά-, ακατά-, αδιά-, ανυπό-)στατος,
αναστατώνω κλ
Το όνομα Constantine (Κωνσταντίνος) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό constans (σταθερός) από το ρήμα consto (cum+sto), σύνθετη λέξη από το συν και το ρήμα στάω (στώ).
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Etymology of Irene

Posted by Johannes on 20 May 2009

Etymology of Irene
The female proper name Irene comes from the French Irene from the Latin Irene, which is a transliteration of the Greek Irini (peace; Eirini; Ειρήνη).

In modern Greek (Romeika).
1) irini: peace [ειρήνη]
2) irinevo: pavify, bring peace to, restore peace to [ειρηνεύω]
3) irinikos: peacefull, pacific [ειρηνικός]
4) irinistis: pacifist [ειρηνιστής]
5) irinopios: peace-maker, pacifier, conciliator [ειρηνοποιός]

Το όνομα Irene προέρχεται από το Λατινικό Irene, το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού Ειρήνη.

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Etymology of place

Posted by Johannes on 20 May 2009

Etymology of place

The word place (open space in a city, square, area, location) comes from the old French place from the late Latin placea (place, spot) from the Latin platea (courtyard, open space, broad street), which is a transliteration of the Greek plateia (open space in a city, square) from the Greek adjective plateia (broad, wide; πλατεία).
From the same root
Eglish: flat, piazza, platform, esplanade, plain, explain, plaice, plane (-tree) and most likely placard
French: place, platee, placer, placier, placeur, de-placer,
Italian: piazza, spianata, platea, piazzista, plateare, placel
Spanish: plaza, esplanade, platea, placer
German: Platz
In modern Greek (Romeika)
a) platia: square, open space in a city [πλατεία]
b) platys (fem. platia): broad, wide [πλατύς]
c) plateno: widen, broaden [πλαταίνω]
d) platanos: plane(-tree), platanus [πλάτανος]
e) piatsa: public square, piazza [πιάτσα]
Η λέξη place (πλατεία, ανοικτός χώρος σε μιά πόλη, τόπος, περιοχή) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό placea (τόπος) από το platea (αυλή, ευρύς δρόμος, πλατεία), το οποίο αποτελεί μεταγραφή του Ελληνικού πλατεία από το επίθετος πλατύς (-τεία).
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Etymology of tolerate, tolerance

Posted by Johannes on 20 May 2009

Etymology of tolerate, tolerance

The verb tolerate comes from the Latin tolero (tolerate, bear, endure, raise), which derives from the Greek verb talao – tlo (tolerate, bear, endure, raise; τλάω -ώ).

From the same root.
English: tolerate, tolerable, tolerant, tolerance, toleration
French: tolerer, tolerable, tolerence, tolerant
Italian: tollerare, tollerabile, tolleranza, tollerante
Spanish: tolerar, tolerable, tolerancia, tolerantismo
German: tolerieren, Toleranz, tolerant, dulden, Duldung , Geduld

In modern Greek (Romeika).
a) tolmi: daring, boldness, audacity [τόλμη]
b) tolmo: dare [τολμώ]
c) tolmiros: daring, bold [τολμηρός]
d) talas: one who suffers, patient, enduring [τάλας]

Το ρήμα tolerate (ανέχομαι) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό tolero (ανέχομαι, υπομένω, καρτερώ), το οποίο προέρχεται από το Ελληνικό ρήμα τλάω -ώ (ανέχομαι, υπομένω, τολμώ να πράξω κάτι).

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