Word of the Day

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Prostitute in Greek

Isn't it funny that prostitute in Modern Greek is ιερόδουλη (pronounced yerothuli, with a voiced th), since ιερός (yeros) (think of hieroglyphic) is sacred and δούλος (thulos) (think of doula) is slave? This Greek etymological dictionary states that it refers to a servant working as a prostitute in a temple.

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