Saturday, October 17, 2009

Why I love Greek

ἀποτυμπανίζειν [apotympanizein], according to the abridged Liddell-Scott-Jones lexicon, means "to cudgel to death." You have to appreciate any language that has a single word for such an action and which thoughtfully and in advance reduces the linguistic effort needed to describe it.

1 comment:

Brian Small said...

I love Greek too, but you have to love English too. We have words like "defenestration." It still kills me that we have a word to describe the one act of throwing something out a window. :-)

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