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by Archaeology Newsroom

BANK: A Greek Word, Afterall!

The proto-Hellene seems to appear in the Palaeolithic, around 750,000 B.C. (Petralona, Chalkidiki Peninsula). He obtains its original name Pelasgos and later produces and offers to our planet perhaps its most creative human race, the Hellenes; since they have such a primeval provenance, the technical, conventional term “Indo-European” (6,000 B.C.) does not concern them, besides that it is equally oxymoron as the “bull-cow” adjective. The Greek primeval man also contributed the first PC, that is his ten figures, therefore, the word “digit” originates from the Greek word δείκτης (deiktis-index finger), “data” from δοτά (dota-given) and the computer “memory” from μνημονικός (mnemonikos= mnemonic). The Greeks are the inventors and founders of globalization, which was achieved in their time through the Greek language, the first international language, the drachma, the first global coin, the Philosophy, the first international culture. The globalized word “bank” originates from the wooden, solid and stable, embedded in the ground, structure (πήγμα>πάγμα> πάγκος;>pang>bank) or bank of the ancient Greeks on which money transactions were made. The Pelasgian or Greek πήγμα or πάγμα, that originates from the Greek word πήγνυμι (=to fasten by thrusting in, to build, to mount or make a table or bank), was originally borrowed by the Etruscans and Romans (“pango”), then by the English, and was later adopted by the entire world (“bank”). The Greek language has been and still is an “in” (from the Greek word εν) language.