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How did Greek influence modern English?

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September 13, 2011 5:56AM

A great number of English words is derived from Greek ones. To quote Wikipedia, "In a typical English dictionary of 80,000 words, which corresponds very roughly to the vocabulary of an educated English speaker, about 5% of the words are borrowed from Greek directly, and about 25% indirectly" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_words_of_Greek_origin). A wide variety of words like cudos, philosophy and butter are used in the everyday English, as well as the science fields.