My goal is pretty much simple nonetheless challenging; I'm going to try and find as many English words as possible that are Greek. Challenge accepted. And trust me, there's a lot of them.

Monday, February 20, 2012

M - Melody, Music, Muses, Muscle, Mathematics, Melancholy.

A melodic, mathematical post. Enjoy the knowledge!

. From Ancient Greek μελῳδία, melōdiā, singing, chanting. From μέλος, mélos, member, part of a group + ἀοιδή, aoidḗ, song, contracted form ᾠδή, ōidḗ. A pleasing succession or arrangement of sounds.

Derived or related words: melodic, melodious, melodiously, melodiousness.

. From Ancient Greek μουσική, mousike, art of the Muses.

Derived or related words: musical.


Muses. From Ancient Greek αἱ μοῦσαι, hai moũsai, in Greek mythology, poetry, and literature, are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture, that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths. The nine muses were: Clio, Thalia, Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Terpsichore, Urania, Melpomene.

Muscle. From Ancient Greek μς, mus, mouse, muscle, mussel because of the mouse like appearance of some muscles. A tissue composed of fibers capable of contracting to effect bodily movement.

Derived or related words: musculus, muscular.


Mathematics. From Ancient Greek μαθηματικός, mathematikos, fond of learning. From μάθημα, máthema, knowledge, study, learning.

Derived or related words: mathematical, mathematically.

Melancholy. From Ancient Greek μελαγχολία, melancholia, atrabiliousness. From μέλας, melas, μελαν-, melan-, black, dark, murky + χολή, chole, bile.

Derived or related words: melancholic.


  1. Wow that's interesting :) I never knew that

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  2. I love words and alliteration! You now have me as a follower!

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