It’s all Greek to me…

Aug 2, 2012 | Language

Looking for inspiration for today’s blog post, my thoughts naturally turned to the Olympics and a quick Google search later (aren’t the current Google doodles lovely?) brought me to a rather splendid little Greek language quiz on the BBC website.

The word gymnasium comes from the classical Greek γυμνός (gymnos) which means naked. Rumour has it that the games became ‘naked’ in the late 8th century BC after a cheeky young lady had the audacity to sneak in and win a race against the men. Nudity was brought in toute suite to stop it happening again… (My mum told me that so you can blame her if it’s wrong!)

Pop along to the BBC website to do this little quiz and learn a little bit more about the Ancient Olympics and the Greek language…