• In the original Indo-European language, there was what was called "roots" -
combinations of sounds which later became the stems of words in some of the IE
• One root has the sounds g and n which turned into gen- meaning "coming into
• Genealogy - an account of one's ancestry
• Genesis - the name given to the first book of the Old Testament. The Greek
translation of these scriptures is called Sepuagint. The Greek word genesis is
from gene-, the stem of genos, geneos, "birth, origin" and the suffix sis.
• Ancient Athens is where democracy first became a reality.
• Everyone was expected to take part, and those who didn't were considered
strange and called idiotes "a private person".
• It came to mean someone who is ill-informed about private affairs and thus,
ignorant or an idiot.
• Idiosyncrasy or idiosyncratic means "any peculiar or unusual characteristic of
someone" is from idios "one's own, private". Comes from the prefix syn- and the
stem cras- meanin