🏷  Greek divine name pun · name   —   by Gerry · Dec 2020 · 639 words

The Greek goddess Athena is officially a pun with a theo noa for “the godly intelligence”. But as with all gods, we can see that really all her attributes are puns with her name. One important one is with atenizo for “gazing”: That’s where her association with owls comes from.

Like all gods, Athena seems to be a conglomeration of attributes that are roughly pronounced like her name. According to Plato’s explanation, you can even slap the article before any word starting with T, so we can include those T-words as well.

A lot of Athena puns only work if the N is swapped for L. Such N ≈ L puns work in many languages, but may be unfamiliar to English speakers, as the letters are not really interchangeable here.

Greek aten-, ethein-, aithen- = various attributes of Athena

δήνεα dēnea : counsels, plans, arts — Ancient Greek (

εὐθύνω euthynō : guide straight, direct; lead or drive; manage, guide; direct, govern — Ancient Greek (

ἀτενίζω atenizo : to gaze intently, to fixate one’s eyes (upon), to stare; to be fixated on, to focus on, to concentrate on — Ancient Greek (Wikt)

ἀτενισμός atenismos : intent observation; fixed stare — Ancient Greek (

ὠδίνω ōdinō : to have the pains of childbirth, be in travail — Ancient Greek (

οἴοθεν oiothen : from one only, i. e. by oneself, alone — Ancient Greek (

θείνω ; ἔθεινε theinō; etheine : to strike, wound — Ancient Greek (

οὔθην outhēn : surely not, certainly not — Ancient Greek (

Greek athel-, athle-, thal- = various attributes of Athena

ἄθηλυς athēlys : unfeminine — Ancient Greek (

ἄθηλος athēlos : unsuckled — Ancient Greek (

ἀθλεύω athleuō : contend for a prize, combat, wrestle; struggling — Ancient Greek (

θᾰλλός thallós : young shoot, young branch (especially of the olive) — Ancient Greek (Wikt)

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