κλεφτά
Posted: 19 February 2013 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Today’s Greektionary daily words email contained κλεφτά, which jumped out at me.  It means “stealthy”, so I wondered if it might be related to klepto-.  A little searching revealed that Greek for “thief” is κλέφτης.  It makes be wonder if there was a p=>f transition from ancient Greek to modern Greek?  If anyone would know, this group would.

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Posted: 20 February 2013 06:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yes, it’s automatic before voiceless consonants.  (In spoken Demotic Greek, that is; in lots of words artificially maintained in their ancient state by Katharevousa, the purist form of the language, the p is kept.)

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