is ελαιόλαδο a compound of different words?
Yes from ελαία (modern greek ελιά=olive)+λάδι=oil
So, where did the ο's come from?
When mixing words, ο is a very common vowel to use in the middle. For example καρέκλα+ποδάρια=καρεκλοπόδαρα = chair legs, Πόδι+λουτρό=ποδόλουτρο=foot bath etc
Thanks a lot.. Take a lingot
When i was in Greece last month and was trying to buy ελαιολαδο everyone was a bit surprised and asked smth like "Do u mean λάδι?" Be ready to this :)
You are correct. Λάδι mostly means ελαιόλαδο because in Greece it is by far the most familiar kind of edible oils.
Yes in Greece they often use λάδι instead of ελαιόλαδο
Maybe you pronounced it wrong? Ελαιόλαδο is a very common word, I don't see why anyone would be surprised.