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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 January 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 JANUARY 2015 17 OPINION | LETTERS Greek dangerously Greece pontificate on the flaws in my own usage. According to them, the Samian idiomatic expression ‘δεν τον θαρρεύομαι’ (i.e. I do not have confidence in him) is somehow not Greek, while my tendency to call my daughter ‘μάνα 'μ’ or ‘μανίτσα’ provoked howls of mirth. In like manner, I tend, in my unguarded moments, to hold forth upon the iniquities visited upon the Greek language by its underserving speakers in the motherland. While we here in the Antipodes at least have the creativity to take foreign words and assimilate them within the Greek language (which any linguist will tell you is symptomatic of a vibrant, flexible and ever changing tongue), our Helladic cousins seem to be importing English words into their LETTERS Greek snap elections fired up our Facebook followers George: Ι left Greece two years ago because of this government. Samaras and puppets like him brought the country to its knees and all these corporate criminals should be judged for their crimes against the people. SΥRΙΖΑ appears to be the best solution. Go Tsipras!!! John: What a shambles. All this populist crap from the left over a largely ceremonial post. God help Greece if SΥRΙΖΑ form government. Alexandros: My heart pounds for Greece. Ι'm a proud northern Greek. If SYRIZA form they will pretty much sell out the name Macedonia to the gypsies from Skopje. If SYRIZA form government Greece will be screwed. I just hope to god this doesn't happen. John: If only you people that live happily ever after in your fallacies while wearing those tinfoil hats and your beautiful rose tinted glasses could stand the burden of actually being here or having to withstand those s….s that are Samaras and co. Greece is not your yearly holidays to Santorini, you do know that, I hope! And please for the love of God don't play the youshould-pay-your-taxes card on me! Rose: About time, get rid of this loser ... him and his ministry of the economy. Go back to Germany Samaras with your idiot friend Merkel!!! Be glad to see the back of him... Panos: Every election result is a reflection of the voters! Hope Sunday 25th January is not a sunny day and most decide to rather take a day trip or day long coffee shop visit! This is the time to have your revolution using your vote as a bullet! As for all Greeks that have voting rights in Greece but are abroad ... we are not Greek enough! Only regarded as Greeks when our assets in Greece need to be taxed or when inheritance tax needs to be paid! This must change! Greeks all over the world, UNITE and demand voting rights at Greek consulates and embassies! Con: An economic crisis that's the world over. Big deal, we survived 400 years under Ottoman rule. Ari: Glad that filthy s… (Samaras) is out. Now it's his turn to go to jail!! Charles-Sarah: Greece needs change and it needs it now. Τhe vultures have taken enough. Paulie: There is not one politician in all of Greece that language wholesale. Words such as ‘ζάπιγκ’, (zapping, i.e. flicking through TV channels) are a case in point, where the word is imported wholesale with no consideration of the appropriate verb suffixes in Greek. This of course can be contrasted with ‘γουγκλάρω’ (I google), a perfect, though rare, example of proper word assimilation). Not only are the Helladics not adapting loanwords so as to conform to the rules of Greek grammar, they are not even going to the trouble of transliterating them. What ensures is a disturbing agglomeration of sentences recorded in both the Greek and Roman alphabets, juxtaposing unaltered terms such as shopping, marketing and concept in stark contrast to the Greek text, sending the illusory message that Greek, as a language, is becoming ossified and unable to adapt to the modern world. Rather than accepting this to be true, one could argue that, on the contrary, it is its proponents and speakers who have become lazy. Here in the Antipodes, we tend to adopt such disturbing Helladic linguistic trends wholesale and without question. Take the expression ‘Πάμε Ελλάδα’, for example. Twenty years ago, no self-respecting, upright Greek Australian would have used this phrase, knowing that the sentence is nonsensical without use of the article, thus: ‘Πάμε ΣΤΗΝ Ελλάδα’. Nonetheless, our frequent trips abroad and exposure to the debasement of the Greek language by the Helladics has caused us to lose our linguistic innocence... This March, unique in the annals of Greek history, our community will celebrate a ‘speak Greek’ month, a month in which we will all, as much as is humanly possible, attempt to speak Greek to each other, to the exclusion of other languages we may speak on a daily basis. This is a Herculean task, considering that nowadays, members of our community in their sixties struggle to remain monolingual in Greek and furthermore there exists among them and the generation before them, the infuriating social convention that dictates that it is polite and proper to address the younger generations in English, thus negating any attempts we make to preserve our mother tongue down the generations. Regardless, as we prepare for a month of Hellenolingualism, let us revel in the breathtak- ing diversity, maddening contradictions and innumerable facets of one of the oldest and most intriguing languages of all. Whether our Greek is tinged with English, Gringlish or more besides, let us rejoice in the syllables that emanate from our mouths and breathlessly imbibe the syllables of those who do the same. To this effect we humbly submit some valuable Greek words that we believe are indispensable to the modern Greek vocabulary: φασκώλαρκτος (koala), φασκωλόμυς (wombat), ορνιθόρυγχος (platypus) and φασκολογαλή (possum) and which must be used in a Greek sentence at least thrice a day after meals. If that is not enough to stimulate a deeper delving into things Greek, then why not join me in my quest, this March, in rendering Fat- boy Slim lyrics into the Neohellenic tongue. So far I've been able to come up with: Right about now, the funk soul brother… τώρα, ο ψυχάδελφος του φανκ... (Or do we use instead, ο ψυχάδελφος της μπόχας, given that funky has its semantic roots in the Kikongo word ‘lufuki’, which means ‘bad body odour’?) Check it out now, the funk soul brother... Δέστε τον τώρα, τον ψυχάδελφο του φανκ... A reward to anyone who can render George Clinton's We Want the Funk into convincing Greek during the Hellenic ides of March. 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