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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tele... - Telephone, Telepathy, Telekinesis, Telegraphy.

Every word with two compounds, the first being Tele-, is Greek and means doing something afar. Some examples:

Telephone. From Ancient Greek τῆλε, tēle, afar + φωνήphōnē, voice, sound.

Telepathy. From Ancient Greek τῆλε, tēle, afar + πάθη, pathe, affliction, experience. The induction of mental states from one mind to another.

Telekinesis. From Ancient Greek τῆλεtēle, afar + κίνησις, kinēsis, motion, movement, from κινέω, kineō, I move, put in motion. A term used in parapsychology to refer to using the power of the mind to cause the movement of matter at a distance.

Telegraphy. From Ancient Greek τῆλεtēle, afar + γράφειν, graphein, writing. The long-distance transmission of messages using some form of on-off coding system.

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