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"Το ρήμα."

Translation:The verb.

August 30, 2016



Misconception. Rhyme and ρήμα are different, because they have different etymology. Ρήμα comes from ancient verb είρω, that means 1) Join pieces together putting them in a row 2) speak. Both ρήμα does. See: https://el.wiktionary.org/wiki/%CE%B5%E1%BC%B4%CF%81%CF%89 It is impressive that the root 1) ser- is the same with the word "sermon" and "series" and 2) werh₃-, *wer- (μιλώ, λέγω) is the same with the word "word", I guess, as it is shown in the above mentioned link :) See also: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=sermon


Conjugation of the ancient extremely irregular verb λέγειν (infinitive), that means μιλώ, λέγω. Present: λέγω, Imperfect: έλεγον, Passed: έλεξα and είπα, Present Perfect: είρηκα, Passed Perfect: ειρήκειν. There is also a second passed tense with present suffixes and two forms (!): λέξω and ερώ. We find here all the roots you mentioned and the modern greek words λέξη (word) and ρήμα (verb, which also means word in ancient greek). Nice and complicated don't you see, like a spiral.


The strange thing is that the Ancient verb λέγω, in Modern Greek λέω=speak, sometimes is also λέγω, has abnormal future ερώ and present and perfect είρηκα and ειρήκειν. Notice that these tenses are composed analytically in Morern Greek with the use of the θα ane the verb έχω (see the tree in DL). That means that the Ancient Greeks "borrowed" these tenses from the verb είρω which root comes from the PIE language common root mentioned above. Greek language helps to understand the roots of many words in other languages of Latin, German or Slavic origin :)


This skill is like a nerd radar. I love it. Have a lingot.


Confused it with "rhyme", especially since in my native Bulgarian, rhyme is "rima" :)

  • 1895

So does almost every other Indo-European language word for rhyme sound like! Unfortunately, rhyme comes from rhythm which comes from the Greek word ρυθμός/rythmós. HTH.


Greek also has a word, η ρίμα, which means rhyme, but it is informal and it is not used very much. More used is the word η ομοιοκαταληξία, which literally means "similar endings".

  • 1895

Teopap, interesting observation! Do you have an online reference to the definition? I assume 'η ρίμα' comes from the Koine Greek, 'ρημα,' which means 'word,' 'saying.' That would give it the same origin as the modern Greek "Το ρήμα..."


From here:


and here:


it seems that greek ρίμα comes from italian rima, which means rhyme and comes from the latin rhythmus, which is actually the greek ρυθμός that you have mentioned above. So ρίμα is actually an αντιδάνειο (= repatriated loanword), that is, an older greek word, which travelled to other languages and came back to modern greek with a new form and/or meaning (source: http://phdtheses.ekt.gr/eadd/handle/10442/23156?locale=en).

  • 1895

Thanks for the references. Another proof that the human telephone is broken! Enjoy the lingot.


Happened to me, too. In Romanian rhyme is rimă.


Same here, in Swedish η ομοιοκαταληξία/ η ρίμα is rim


No, it says that the origin of this word is from the ancient noun "ρυθμός", coming from the ancient verb "ρέω"=flow, that is the same in Modern Greek. Take a look at this: https://el.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E1%BF%A5%CF%85%CE%B8%CE%BC%CF%8C%CF%82 . It is a different verb. The verb ρέω has a common PIE root, https://el.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E1%BF%A5%CE%AD%CF%89 , that is connected with the word "stream". Different :) At least I think so.


YES! You are all right. Ρίμα is borrowed from Italian which took it from Greek ρυθμός. Details:

rhythm (En), rytm (Sw) from rythmus (La) from ρυθμός (Gr) from ρέω (to flow, stream) + θμος

  • ρέω from ρέFω (ancient Gr) from srew (I.E.) from srew we also

  • have stream (En), Strom (Ge), ström (Sw) from

rhyme (En), rimã (Ro), rim (Sw) from rime (Fr) from rithmus (La) from ρυθμός (Gr)... go to the first row

ριμα (Gr) from rima (It) from rithmus (La) from ρυθμός (Gr)

sources: Babinióti's dictionary and

Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0=rhyme


I find the most useful phrase of all is

τα λέμε

which means: Goodbye, See you, We'll speak again


"tips and hints" told us every part of speech except verb. Adverb, yes, verb, no.


What is the correct spelling of the verb in greek. Rima? On android I get ima and sorima.

  • 322

If you look at the top of this page you will find the spelling. If you are asking about the pronunciation it is Rima.

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