It's All Greek To Me
English is a mutt of a language, with words borrowed from all over the globe. But the basis for most of our vocabulary is Greek and Latin.
That's why in reading ancient history, you often run across interesting stories that explain where common words come from. So here's a little quiz about five terms and their Greek origin.
I'll post the answers later this week. See how well you can do without any help from Google. (Note: there is controversy regarding some of the etymologies, and I will try to note that in my answers.)
1. We've all heard of the Mississippi River Delta. Why on earth is it called a "Delta"?
2. What profession were the original "hypocrites"?
3. What animal is at the heart of "tragedy"?
4. What fruit is at the root of a "sycophant."
5. What common household item is involved in "ostracism"?
LAGuy adds to his own post: Welcome, Volokh Conspiracists. The answers will be up on on Wednesday.