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Subject: Re: Good choice!
Author: On Euphemia and Katherine   (guest,
Date: October 12, 2005 at 10:33:45 AM
Reply to: Re: Good choice! by Damis
1. EUPHEMIA derives from the words EU (åõ), and FEME (öÞìç). Feme in modern Greek, In contemporary Greek, FEME means one thing: reputation. However, in Classical Greek it meant the following (and I quote "A Greek-English Lexicon", H.G. Liddell, R.Scott) it also means "utterance prompted by the gods, significant or prophetic saying" and "any voice or words, speech, saying". According to the same source ( Euphemia in Classical Greek means:

1. abstinence from inauspicious language, religious silence
2. in positive sense, auspiciousness, esp. a fair or honourable name for a bad thing, euphemism
3. prayer and praise, worship
4. honour, good repute enjoyed by men

2. On Katherine: Here things are uncertain. Professor G. Babiniotis (Ëåîéêü ôçò ÍÝáò ÅëëçíéêÞò Ãëùóóáò, óåë. 87) suggests the the "Hekateros" derivation and considers the êáèáñüò (clean) explanation as pataetymological.

CONCLUSION: Both your, and this site's meanings could be correct.

PS please check the word Hubris, which is also Greek ;)

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