BBC provides translation of quintessential Greek terms

BBC provides translation of quintessential Greek terms

BBC radio has come up with English translations of the Greek words “philotimo” and “philoxenia,” traditionally considered as the hardest concepts to render in foreign languages.

Philotimo translates as “love of honor,” the report said, adding that the concept, considered to be the top of all Greek virtues, is used to express the importance of respecting and honoring one’s friends and family. “The term essentially means doing good and demonstrating exemplary behavior.”

According to the same report, philoxenia is a love of strangers and guests to the home, and is literally translated as “friend to the stranger.”

According to BBC radio, the word “means far more than just an eagerness to show hospitality or a warm welcome.”

The list, which included more love-inspired words from around the world, was made on the occasion of Valentine’s Day on February 14.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.