Wednesday, February 15, 2017


English Equivalents of Greek Words

John Jay Chapman, letter to Mary Williams Winslow (September 7, 1929):
I don't know the meaning of a single Greek word—and I have a sort of belief that they none of them have English equivalents. Any word in a language corresponds to a district in the map of the brain—and the maps of Greek and English if superimposed never show an approach to identity anywhere. The people who devote their lives to Greek get queered—(and no one can begin to know it without devoting his life to it).

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