Common Words in the Greek and Turkish Language



athens-bazaarThe Greeks were under Ottoman occupation for 400 years and the period of the Ottoman rule are traditionally viewed in a negative light as they are considered a dark time of cultural and economic decline. However, during that time and despite the rivalry that existed between the Greeks and the Ottomans, the Ottoman occupation had a profound impact on the Greek society and language. Today, we can find more than 300 Turkish words that are used daily in the Greek language. Let’s have a look at some of them.

GreekTurkishEnglish
flytzánifincancup
tsépi̱ceppocket
kaíkikayıkboat
manávi̱smanavgreengrocerer
bakáli̱sbakalgrocer
kav̱gáskavgafight
Ntoulápidolapcloset
hampariahabernews
babasbabafather
baharibaharatspice
barutibarutdynamite
bekiarisbekarsingle man
buzukibozukregional musical instrument
divanidivancouch
hamalishamalporter
kaimakikaymakthe creamy part of the milk
karpuzikarpuzwatermelon
tavanitavanceiling
tsantiricadirtent
tsantacantabag

However, there are also several Greek words that the Turkish seem to have been using. These words have either passed into the Turkish language directly from the Greek one or through another language e.g. French or English.

TurkishGreekEnglish
efendiafendis (ancient gr. afthendis)boss
ekolsholioschool
dramatikdramatikosdramatic
diskdiskosdisc
epikepikosepic
epilogepilogosconclusion
erotikerotikoserotic
filozofphilosophosphilosopher
fotometrephotometrophotometer
galaksigalaksiasgalaxy
helikopterhelikopterohelicopter
hidrolizhydrolysihydrolysis
ırgatergatisworker
iklimklimaclimate
kanapeCanapés (ancient gr. konops=mosquito)couch
klorchloriochlorine
monotonmonotonosmonotonous
odeonodioodeum
pilotpilotospilot
sırmasyrmawire

 


3 COMMENTS

  1. The Greeks were under Ottoman occupation for 400 years and the period of the Ottoman rule are traditionally viewed in a negative light as they are considered a dark time of cultural and economic decline. – IT WAS FAR MORE than “cultural and economic decline”, it was outright GENOCIDE of the INDIGENOUS HELLENIC population. The Chios massacre is one example of this.

    A Turkish fleet under the Kapudan Pasha Nasuhzade Ali Pasha arrived on the island on 22 March. They quickly pillaged and looted the town. Orders were given to burn down the town, and over the next four months, an estimated 40,000 Turkish troops, including convicts,arrived. In addition to setting fires, the troops were ORDERED TO KILL ALL INFANTS UNDER THREE YEARS OLD, ALL MALES 12 YEARS AND OLDER, AND ALL FEMALES 40 AND OLDER EXCEPT THOSE WILLING TO CONVERT TO ISLAM. Approximately three-quarters of the population of 120,000 were killed, enslaved or died of disease. It is estimated that 2,000 people remained on the island after 21,000 managed to flee, 52,000 were enslaved and 52,000 massacred. Tens of thousands of survivors dispersed throughout Europe and became part of the Chian Diaspora. 

    The Venizelos-Samaras Junta is rewarding their behaviour by building a mosque for illegal muslim immigrants in Athens on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogans request.

    http://www.todayszaman.com/news-305520-turkeys-erdogan-mosque-to-be-built-in-athens.html

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/342460

  2. “traditionally viewed in a negative light as they are considered a dark time of cultural and economic decline. ”

    It was a dark era.. Only to an idiotic multiculturalist leftist imbecile would see Ottoman Islamic totalitarian theocratic tyranny as equivalent to a democratic Hellenic state. Our ancestors fought to liberate us from Ottoman tyranny. Our treasonous leftists are nostalgic about it.

  3. BBC Business News today; “Tough Times See Greeks Moving to Formal Rival Turkey”. Remarkable while Syrians, Afghanis and others attempt to enter Greece with the help of Turks, Greeks are leaving Greece for opportunity in Turkey. Many are returning to the homeland of their Grandparents and hoping for the best under tenuous circumstances.

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