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Tragedy is "goat song"

Pectrum 07.10.2019 at 12:57

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Tragedy we usually refer to the sad events as well as plays and movies with a sad or bad ending. But it's a word we borrowed from English (and the English took from Latin "tragoedia", which, in turn, inherits the ancient Greek "tragōidía"), originally had a very different meaning.

"Tragedy" means "goat song" and there is a word in the days of ancient Athens singing and gaming contests. Of course, the goat was the Grand prize in these contests, not the contestants, though — who knows? Perhaps the Greeks thought the goat screams a beautiful song. In any case, it was a tragedy.


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