Hippogriff

🏷  Greek hidden ruler mythical creature pun · symbol   —   by Gerry · Jan 2021 · 110 words

The hippogriff is officially an animal that’s half griffin & half horse. However, horses are usually grammar prefixes in Greek, so the hippo-gryph could be a pun with επικρυπτω epi-krypto for “disguised”, and with επικρυφος epi-kryphos for “unknown”. The spook rulers never appear to us in their true form, but are always disguised or unknown.

Greek epi-krypto = disguised, secret

ἐπικρύπτω epikrypto : throw a cloak over, conceal; disguise; secrecy; to disguise oneself, conceal one’s purpose — Ancient Greek (LSJ.gr)

ἐπίκρυφος epikryphos : unknown, inglorious; concealed, secret — Ancient Greek (LSJ.gr)

Greek hippo = horse; grupos = hook-nosed

ἵππω híppō : horse, mare, horsemen (nominative/accusative/vocative dual) — Ancient Greek (Wikt)

γρυπός grupos : hook-nosed, aquiline; generally: hooked; curved — Ancient Greek (LSJ.gr)

🏷  Greek hidden ruler mythical creature pun · symbol