Gantemis

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Gantemis

Postby portokalos » Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:00 am

There is one greek word γκαντέμης (gantemis) that its root is form two English words. It means man with bad luck. Greeks immigrants from USA bring it to Greece. Can you imagine who are these two words?
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Postby Brazilian dude » Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:46 pm

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Postby Perry » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:18 pm

I've got nothing. Clue us in.
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Postby Huia Iesou » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:52 pm

I can only think of 'gander' or 'timid'.

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Postby sluggo » Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:50 pm

A systematic approach then. What English consonant would commonly be shifted to G in greek?
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Postby portokalos » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:07 am

Thank you for your posting. I give it.The words are God damned. Don’t use that word everywhere in Greece. Its in argo.
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Postby skinem » Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:12 am

Hmmmm....wasn't really thinking that way.
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Postby Brazilian dude » Fri Jun 30, 2006 10:32 am

There is one greek word γκαντέμης (gantemis) that its root is form two English words.

I see it now. I think your transliteration misled me. I would have written ga(n)demis, then we'd all have known sooner.

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Postby anders » Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:13 pm

Brazilian dude wrote:I would have written ga(n)demis, then we'd all have known sooner.

I vote for either <gkantémis> or <gandémis>. I'm not sure I would have guessed the meaning, though.

The thing I will remember from this thread will probably be argo. The Greek having imported the French word argot for 'slang' suggests that this kind off language evolution is a late phenomenon in Greece.
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Postby portokalos » Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:46 am

You can here and the expretion -ftou gknatemia- too :D .
That's true about argo Anders.
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