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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

Question to speakers of Ancient/Modern Greek

Hello,

I encountered the pseudo-greek neologism 'ptynami'. When transcribed into Greek letters as 'πτύναμη', Google translates it to fast in English.

However, I was not able to find any other mentioning of this word in Greek dictionaries and word lists, so I wonder if this really has any meaning in Greek or is just complete gibberish. Also I wonder where Google translate found this translation if it is not in any other dictionaries?

If somebody knows something about this, please let me know.

PS: I have already found out that płynami means 'liquids' in Polish, but that does not help too much.

October 28, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

Full text of "A history of shipwrecks, and disasters at sea [by C ... I found this name on a ship wreck in 1833 and it seems to be a place name.https://www.google.gr/search?q=Ptinami,+shipwreck+1833=lnms=X=0ahUKEwjrzvThgpPXAhVJK1AKHcW5AfoQ_AUICSgA=1348=610=1


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

I was able to find the passage in the full text, but it is an OCR error. Reading the scanned version it is clear that the word in the book is actually Panama.

https://archive.org/stream/ahistoryshipwre02reddgoog#page/n66/mode/2up/search/Ptinami

Actually I found several other OCR mistakes like that, some in old Latin legal texts, some in American newspapers.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

Yes, that's not surprising since it's a newspaper from 1833 and is filled with typos.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RosieStrawberry

I think it means absolutely nothing (not in literal sense :) ), but why do you need it? Maybe it helps if I have a little context.

BTW, 'ptynami' translated to Greek letters should be 'πτυναμι', with a iota in the end, not an èta. But it doesn't make any difference because I still can't find it in my (old Greek) dictionary...

ΕDIT: for 'πτυναμι' Google translate does give a translation: 'plumbing'. Hope that helps.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/territrades

Thanks for the correct transcription. But now I have another google translation result that is not backuped by any dictionary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

I've also done some research and agree with lindakanga. Not only have I never heard this word (ok no one knows all the words in a language) but checking out my favorite site Lexilogos which contains 7 dictionaries brought up no responses. Not even Google translate had it. So, the word seems to be used in certain scientific fields but is not a Greek word per se.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

No, thanks required. We're all word nerds around here and any new word gets us hunting for the meaning, etymology etc. I actually just found "Ptychography" on google thanks for the heads up.

Thanks for the lingots


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Christine_nl

PtyNAMi is an acronym and it means "ptychographic nano-analytical microscope". You do Bragg plane reflections with a synchrotron? In Hamburg?

The word πτυναμις does ring a bell, but I can't currently find my old classic-Greek dictionary. Which is just now starting to bother me.

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