Thursday 30 April 2009

Range of meanings

Peter Glare, editor of the Revised Supplement to LSJ, wrote on συγχωρέω:
The opening definition is come together, meet; the second is get out of the way, make way, which would appear to be the exact opposite of the first. Although there is an old joke which says that in Arabic ever word means itself, its opposite, a name of God, and a part of a camel, this is a ludicrous exaggeration, and is no more true of Greek than it is of Arabic.
P. G. W. Glare. "Liddell-Scott-Jones: Then and now." Hyperboreus 3 (1997): 211.
Be that as it may, it is alarming that so many Greek words additionally refer to types of flower and kinds of bandage.

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