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The Greeks have a word for it

Pay Greece royalties for its words
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Greece is not doing very well economically. As has been noted by some bloke, English doesn't so much borrow words from other languages as accost them in dark alleys and rob them. We, and speakers of many other languages, owe them for this. Yet somehow, Greece owes the world economy. How can this be when basically most of our science, technology and culture is ultimately down to the Greeks?

Well, here's the answer. The Greek language is clearly the intellectual property of the Greek people or perhaps Greece itself. Every time we use a word derived from Greek, such as "economics", or a mathematical formula with a Greek letter as a variable in it, and so forth, we are indebted to them. However, we never pay. Therefore, Greece should claim intellectual property rights on its vocabulary, letters and prior art, including the New Testament, drama, philosophy and so forth. Every time an organisation or a private individual benefits economically from using a Greek idea, word or letter, a levy should be charged which is paid to the Greeks. (Oh, and we should also give back the Elgin Marbles). If not that, at the very least every time a large company or wealthy government uses Greek-derived vocabulary or letters in text or formulae, it should pay royalties to the Greek version of the Academie Francaise, which doesn't exist but should, for this purpose.

As a result, the Greek economy will become awash with money and presumably Greece will be the richest country in the world. They would then be able to use this money not only to get out of recession, but to bring the rest of the world out of recession. In order to do this, the drachma should not only be brought back but replace the Euro.

We owe the Greeks so much, so how can we have the audacity to claim they owe us anything?

nineteenthly, Apr 29 2012


       I think the balance of trade would flow to the Shakespearian estate.
theircompetitor, Apr 29 2012

       Would this affect The Poseidon Adventure ?
8th of 7, Apr 29 2012

       Well, that brings up the matter of Latin and Italy, [ of ].
nineteenthly, Apr 29 2012

       About 250,000 Drachma a month, in the pre-Euro days.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 29 2012

       I'm not sure this is a wise move. It would be galling to have to pay the Fr**ch every time I get a feeling of deja vu.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 29 2012

       The people of the north-west coast of Holland and the Netherlands are going to end up extremely rich!
pocmloc, Apr 29 2012

       Not as rich as Kenya.
nineteenthly, Apr 29 2012

       It's a vase made by Greeks for storing liquids.   

       Bet you weren't expecting that answer. In answer to the smae question not_morrison_rm was answering.
Carmi, Apr 29 2012

       So, you like it Greek, huh?
UnaBubba, Apr 29 2012

       The important thing is to keep your sense of houmous.
8th of 7, Apr 29 2012

MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 29 2012

       So, what's a Grecian urn these days?
UnaBubba, Apr 29 2012

       Good God.+
blissmiss, Apr 30 2012

       Although I kind of like the idea...I pay them everytime I order a Greek Salad!
xandram, Apr 30 2012

       I like the irony of paying Arabic speakers every time you drink alcohol.

I am happy to make a contribution to Norway every time I use the word "quisling".
hippo, Apr 30 2012

       Who is going to get credit for "yo"...seeing that the black population used it first, but the movie "Rocky" made it famous? (or so I think, but I could be wrong...heh)
xandram, Apr 30 2012

       But wait; you're forgetting the line in the Christmas carol "Ding Dong Merrily on High" which goes "...And Io Io Io by priest and people sungen". How could this not be a Middle English form of the same word?
pertinax, Apr 30 2012

       You have to put the royalties for that into a fund to colonise the innermost Galilean satellite of Jupiter.
nineteenthly, Apr 30 2012

       This would instantly change the language into a series of speaking in non-copywrighted terminologies, probably found in some IEEE Index catalog. Jokes would never be the same. "Hey, did you hear the one about the IEEE 1404.3 that IEEE 1567.2b'ed? He left his IEEE 998.06 in his IEEE 1391!"   

       Infants first words would be perpetually AAAYEEEE as a result.
RayfordSteele, Apr 30 2012

       Enter the 'Wilhelm Scream' school of modern economics.
Alterother, Apr 30 2012

UnaBubba, Apr 30 2012

       >So, what's a Grecian urn these days?   

       Ahem. I draw your attention to annotation number four. Admittedly that is the pre-Euro figure. In 2000 asked a Greek co-worker just so I could answer the question.
not_morrison_rm, May 01 2012

       That's um, for a whole month's earn?
UnaBubba, May 01 2012

       "Chaos" and "catastrophe" are two words the Greeks can have back.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, May 02 2012

       What about "television", which is 40% Greek and 60% Latin?
hippo, May 02 2012

       Simple: Give 40% of the money to the Greeks and 60% to the Latvians.
AusCan531, May 02 2012

       In a sense, the Latvians and Lithuanians, speaking as they do the languages closest to proto-Indoeuropean (apart from a handful of native Sanskrit speakers bred by the Hare Krsna movement - sadly, that is not a joke), deserve all the money, but that would turn the idea into "pretend everything was invented by someone Kurgan".
nineteenthly, May 02 2012

       The Kurgan was rather an angry character. He'd just spend it on slave collars and surplus Russian nukes, I suspect.
UnaBubba, May 03 2012


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