Most of our words come from similar words from other civilizations. A lot of word in the English language are based on Greek Immortality.
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Cronus is referred to as the god of time. From this word, we get the noun chronology (the word that describes the arrangement of events in time and order.) and chronic (describes something that takes place over long period of time.)
Muses refers to the nine goddesses of dancing, poetry, and astronomy.We use the word muse to describe the act of pondering or meditating.The word music, musician, and musical were all derived from this word.
Narcissus was the star of the famous myth Echo and Narcissus who fell in love with himself in punishment for rejecting women who didn't match his own beauty. The word Narcissus is a pshicological term meaning a person who loves themselves.
Titan which refereed to the race of giants, his been used to describe anything enormous on size or strength.
Nike was the goddess of victory's name has been used in a popular brand of shoes in everyday life.
Nemesis was the goddess of revenge. Today some people may call their enemy their Nemesis.
Calliope is the name of a musical instrument. She was the muse of Eloquence and heroic poetry. The name comes from two words meaning "beauty" and "voice."
Erinyes punished people for their crimes on the earth. They were called the Emenides,(the kindly one). This name reveals the Greek habit of calling unpleasant names by pleasant names. We use the word euphemism to describe words which do not say the unpleasant name intended.
Cornucopia-A cornucopia is the broken off horn of the goat Amalthea, whose milk nourished Zeus. To honor the goat he filled the horn with golden fruit and gave it the powers to replenish when empty. Today we still have cornucopias at Thanksgiving.
Clotho was the youngest of the Fates. She spun the thread. From this we get the word cloth.
Hypnos was the god of sleep. From this we get the word hypnosis (the act of putting someone to sleep), and hypnotize (to put someone to sleep.)
During the war with the Titans Pan cried out an awful scream that he later claimed won the war for the Olympians. This is where we get the word panic.
Rumor was a nasty immortal who would travel around spreading gossip and lies. She didn't care weather they were true or not as long as they hurt others.
Olympus was a mountain where all the gods lived. Zues had a series of competitive games made called the Olympics after his mountain top home.
Stygian comes from the word styx. The river Styx was a river in the Underworld and poets today use it to describe a lonesome darkness.
Echidna was a nymph who was part human part demon and today an Echidna is a monsterous anteater.