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Psammakosioi

From ancient Greece comes this example of an indefinite hyperbolic numeral such as umpteen, zillion, and fifty-eleven: psammakosioi. Aristophanes coined this term, which was picked up by other ancient writers, and literally means “sand...

Greek Expressions

In English, the expression keep your eyes peeled means “pay close attention” or “be on the lookout.” In modern Greek, the equivalent is ta matia sou dekatessera, literally, “your eyes fourteen.” In Greece today...

lunk alarm

lunk alarm  n.— «At Planet Fitness—which opened a location in Greece in March and plans to open one in Gates—grunting can trigger an ear-rattling siren and flashing lights. The so-called lunk alarm on the wall over the free weights has a...

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