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Re: CHAT: R: Re: barbarisms (was: CHAT: Being both theologically correct and properly modern)

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Monday, May 14, 2001, 12:20
J. S. Bangs wrote:

> > > there. Young Muke's email had shattered yet another myth I
> > > about Americans: so the Henninian barbarism have reached there
> > > > Oh, I severely doubt it... I never learnt Greek pronunciation *from*
anywhere [I
> > don't think I've ever heard anyone speak it at all, even]. I just read
> > See, I have learned Greek here in Leftpondia
Lephthopondía... it looks really like Greek. Rhaitopondía looks fine, too (or an etymological reconstruction: Rhakhthopondia). :-) Luca
> and I certainly never learned > any silliness about accenting Greek as Latin. We follow the Byzantine > system (I think) whereby there are three accents: acute, grave, and > circumflex, all obeying odd and distinctly non-Latinate rules. Our > teacher even had the decency to mention that they were all originally > pitch accents, but that being tone-deaf Americans we'd pronounce them as > stress. Still, it's close enough.