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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:
First speech - September 26, 1957Originally Posted by Prof. Xenophon Zolotas
Second speech - October 2, 1959Originally Posted by Prof. Xenophon Zolotas
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 thisOriginally Posted by Prof. Xenophon Zolotas
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.
Will you throw stuff at me if I make an "it's all Greek" joke now?
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?Originally Posted by Anax
That speech totally went over my head XD
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.
Another interesting way to waste your time
EDIT: cool, only 25 days of registration and i'm considered a senior member allready...