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    Schrödinger's cat 英雄メンバー / Eiyuu Menbaa / Hero Member Anax's Avatar
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    Greece

    The Speeches of Professor Xenophon Zolotas

    In 1957 and 1959, the Greek economist Professor Xenophon Zolotas, Governor of the bank of Greece and Governor of the Funds for Greece, delivered two speeches in English using Greek words only. As Prof. Zolotas said:

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Xenophon Zolotas
    I always wished to address this Assembly in Greek, but I realized that it would have been indeed Greek to all present in this room. I found out, however, that I could make my address in Greek which would still be English to everybody. With your permission, Mr. Chairman, I shall do it now, using with the exception of articles and prepositions only Greek words.
    First speech - September 26, 1957
    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Xenophon Zolotas
    Kyrie,

    I eulogize the archons of the Panethnic Numismatic Thesaurus and the Ecumenical Trapeza for the orthodoxy of their axioms, methods and policies, although there is an episode of cacophony of the Trapeza with Hellas.

    With enthusiasm we dialogue and synagonize at the synods of our didymous Organizations in which polymorphous economic ideas and dogmas are analyzed and synthesized.

    Our critical problems such as the numismatic plethora generate some agony and melancholy. This phenomenon is characteristic of our epoch. But, to my thesis, we have the dynamism to program therapeutic practices as a prophylaxis from chaos and catastrophe.

    In parallel, a panethnic unhypocritical economic synergy and harmonization in a democratic climate is basic.

    I apologize for my eccentric monologue. I emphasize my eucharistia to you Kyrie, to the eugenic and generous American Ethnos and to the organizers and protagonists of this Amphictyony and the gastronomic symposia.
    Second speech - October 2, 1959
    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Xenophon Zolotas
    Kyrie,

    It is Zeus' anathema on our epoch for the dynamism of our economies and the heresy of our economic methods and policies that we should agonise between the Scylla of numismatic plethora and the Charybdis of economic anaemia.

    It is not my idiosyncrasy to be ironic or sarcastic but my diagnosis would be that politicians are rather cryptoplethorists. Although they emphatically stigmatize numismatic plethora, energize it through their tactics and practices.

    Our policies have to be based more on economic and less on political criteria.

    Our gnomon has to be a metron between political, strategic and philanthropic scopes. Political magic has always been antieconomic.

    In an epoch characterised by monopolies, oligopolies, menopsonies, monopolistic antagonism and polymorphous inelasticities, our policies have to be more orthological. But this should not be metamorphosed into plethorophobia which is endemic among academic economists.

    Numismatic symmetry should not antagonize economic acme.

    A greater harmonization between the practices of the economic and numismatic archons is basic.

    Parallel to this, we have to synchronize and harmonize more and more our economic and numismatic policies panethnically.

    These scopes are more practical now, when the prognostics of the political and economic barometer are halcyonic.

    The history of our didymous organisations in this sphere has been didactic and their gnostic practices will always be a tonic to the polyonymous and idiomorphous ethnical economics. The genesis of the programmed organisations will dynamize these policies. I sympathise, therefore, with the aposties and the hierarchy of our organisations in their zeal to programme orthodox economic and numismatic policies, although I have some logomachy with them.

    I apologize for having tyrannized you with my hellenic phraseology.

    In my epilogue, I emphasize my eulogy to the philoxenous autochthons of this cosmopolitan metropolis and my encomium to you, Kyrie, and the stenographers.
    So, what do you guys think? Is this comprehensible? What do you think of Professor Zolotas' idea? I'm indescribably curious to know what you think of this
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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    Well...it's a really great idea! I'm impressed that this worked with the pronounciation.

    I must say that I don't get all parts of it but after all I'm no native English speaker so I can't judge this properly.

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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    Will you throw stuff at me if I make an "it's all Greek" joke now?

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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    It's all Greek, but these words are in an English dictionary!! Nearly 25% of the English language is pure Greek words, 60%+ of the medical terminology and I don't remember what percentage is Greek related words (for example anything with Greek roots, like bio- , tele-, syn- etc. )
    ~Schrödinger's Cat

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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anax
    It's all Greek, but these words are in an English dictionary!! Nearly 25% of the English language is pure Greek words, 60%+ of the medical terminology and I don't remember what percentage is Greek related words (for example anything with Greek roots, like bio- , tele-, syn- etc. )
    WoW! So, when you learn these words, do you also learn that "hey it's an English word too!!" or was writing out this speech something that the professor had to use a dictionary to do?
    Serizawa: But it's really heartwarming to see such good guys - perhaps not as good as we wanted, translation-wise, but their hearts are already grade A
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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    That speech totally went over my head XD


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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    I guess he had to do some research to verify that the words he intended to use existed in English. That or he was a mad, know-it-all professor
    Still, it's quite interesting don't you think? I just love it and it's also a nice chance to show English speakers what Greek words in English look like.
    ~Schrödinger's Cat

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    Re: Speaking Greek... in English!

    Another interesting way to waste your time

    EDIT: cool, only 25 days of registration and i'm considered a senior member allready...

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    Re: Greek Thread

    hehehe what a prefessor



    Γειά σου μεγάλε anax^^ ΠΑΟΚ φαντάζομαι αφου είσαι απο Καβάλα!
    Last edited by wildG; July 31, 2008 at 02:36 PM.

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