Bad Words for Good Reasons

More Greek compounds for our remarkable times:

κακογείτων: “bad-neighbor

κακογένειος: “bad-bearded”

κακόγλωσσος: “ill-speaking”

κακογύναιος: “bad-for-women

κακοδαίμων: “possessed by an evil spirit”

κακόδερμος: “bad-skinned”

κακοδιδασκαλία: “corrupt teaching”

κακοδικία: “corrupt judgment”

κακοδρομία: “bad passage”

κακοειδής: “ugly”

κακοέπεια: “bad language”

κακοζοία: “miserable living”

κακοήθεια: “malignity”

κακόθεος: “with a bad god”

κακοθυμία: “malevolence”

κακοκρισία: “bad judgment

κακομαθής: “bad at learning”

κακομιλία: “bad intercourse”

κακόμουσος: “unmusical”

κακόνομος: “ill-governed”

κακόνυμφος: “badly married”

κακοξενία: “bad hospitality”

κακόπατρις: “having a bad daddy”

κακοπολιτεία: “bad government”

κάκοσμος: “bad smell”

κακοσύνη: “badness

κακόφιλος: “bad friend”

κακοφραδία: “bad thinking”

κακοφυία: “having naturally bad qualities”

 

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This mosaic is apotropaic–it functions ritually to keep the bad away (cf. the modern ‘evil eye’) see Dr. Bond’s fabulous post about it.

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