Αυθάδεια – Word Origin

I had a completely different idea for a blog-name when I was typing down the blog address that I’d like to have. Apopsis (viewpoint) and Gnomi (opinion) were all taken. As well as THE and MY conjunctions. And so I was left to find a word that could start-up with blogging-journey of mine. I knew I wanted it to be Greek, with Ancient Greek origin, and in a way a word personal to me – a word describing my character or my view on life.

Αυθάδεια, pronounced as af-tha-di-a (:/af-θa-δia/), can be roughly translated as insolence. Insolence: rude and disrespectful behaviour, courtesy to Oxford Dictionaries. But this word in Greek means simply so much more. Yes, authadeia is a noun mainly used to describing the action of acting and/or speaking with no respect but its synonyms also include the Greek equivalent words of ‘provocative’, ‘cynic’, ‘audacity’ and some of the suggested English translations for authadeia include ‘boldness’, ‘sass’ and even ‘freshness’ and ‘liberty’. However, looking back at the origins of the word, from Ancient Greek, it is actually a compound word between αυτός (:/af-tos/, oneself) and ήδομαι (:/i-δo-me/, pleasuring), combined together to create ‘pleasuring oneself’ and ‘doing what pleases you’.

In an online Greek Lexicon, I found the word being exemplified with the following phrase, ‘Don’t be insolent towards those older/senior/bigger than you!’. Out of all the example phrases that could be used, this specific one, this very common and realistic yet oppressive one was used instead.

I’ve been called insolent throughout my life, mainly from people older/senior/bigger than me when I confronted them and their presumed authority gained based only on their superficial qualities of age and ‘family status’. When they had run out of arguments they just sprayed the word ‘insolence’ and ‘insolent young girl’ as to diminish my stance and points.

I chose to take that word, turn it around and make it my own.

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