OT Spot of Greek Translation for RPG

AZS ania at gnomic.freeserve.co.uk
Thu Feb 10 06:01:11 EST 2005


For the more authentic Greek sound it should surely be spelt and pronounced
[insert prefix of choice]kephalos.

Ania

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris R" <sfa_ok2001 at yahoo.co.uk>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 3:04 AM
Subject: Re: OT Spot of Greek Translation for RPG


> My officemate, whose Greek is better than mine, isn't
> around to ask right now, but on the strength of three
> years' study:
>
> Osteocephalus sounds fine to me, and has the benefit
> of a prefix immediately understandable to
> non-Greek-speakers. Attested compounds meaning
> bone-something also seem to use the prefix osto- (an
> Attic contraction, I think), but I reckon osteo-
> sounds better.
>
> Chris
>
>  --- Ven <vendersleighc at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I wrote:
> > > I've a fancy to call him Bonehead, but in
> > Greek, --cephalus by
> > > analogy to Bucephalus. Does anyone know what
> > this should/could be?
> > I wrote
> > > I've a fancy to call him Bonehead, but in
> > Greek, --cephalus by
> > > analogy to Bucephalus. Does anyone know what
> > this should/could be?>
> >
> > Paul replied
> > <Speaking as someone who doesn't know Greek but
> > does know how to look
> > up Greek-derived prefixes in a dictionary, my
> > guess is
> > "Osteocephalus".
> >
> > ("osteo-", from the Greek 'osteon', "bone")
> >
> >
> > You might also like to consider "Xylocephalus"
> > ('xulon', "wood"), or
> > "Petrocephalus" ('petros', "stone").>
> >
> > Thanks Paul, the thing is I want to avoid any of
> > those translation absudities. Hoping I've not
> > told this story here before; a punky mate of mine
> > was into Swedish metal type bands of the type
> > known as "Swedish Crust" -- as in crusties, tatty
> > dreadlocked types in torn black clothes with dogs
> > on string. He booked one of these bands into a
> > local pub here in Sheffield and, in honour of the
> > occasion, decided to get a T shirt saying
> > "Swedish Crust" in Swedish. He went out and got a
> > dictionary for the translation -- ignoring the
> > misgivings of me among others. So, on the night
> > the band were heartily amused to be presented
> > with T shirts bearing the legend "Swedish
> > Pastry". Thus, while your suggestions sound
> > perfectly sound to me I'll wait and see if a real
> > Greek  speaker/scholar comes by.
> >
> >
> >
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