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October 1976

On the Creation of New Terms

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(10):1701. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040475001

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The July issue of the Archives contained a communication from Dr Fred Ganias, who obviously has an excellent command of the Greek language. He proposed the substitution of certain hybrid words by a correct term of Greek derivation.

For somebody trained in the classical languages, this is indeed a most worthwhile and encouraging suggestion. Obviously, languages are living organisms and new words will always be created. But do they have to be bastard words? Do we really need words that are half Latin and half Greek? Would it not be better to create new words from only one language, if this is possible? Dr Ganias took off from "phakoemulsification," since this is the word that got him started. He is absolutely correct. We just wish that the term "phakotemahynsis" could replace the awkward chimera of "phakoemulsification." Whether his suggestion will take root or not remains to be seen. Maybe it's

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