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It's all Greek to me

Posted by Arnie on February 29, 2000

In Reply to: It's all Greek to me posted by Meyer on February 28, 2000

: Hello,

: Does anybody know the origin of the expression, "It's all Greek to me"?

: I would be very interested to find out.

: Thank you
: Meyer.

This is an observation rather than a definitive answer. I've heard the expression used to describe marks on the page which, from a distance, look like text but which, on close inspection reveal themselves as the mere marks they are. There are even word processors with the facility to 'Greek' your text.

To say 'It's all Greek to me' means, of course, 'I see it but I have no idea what it means'

I'm sure this doesn't help your quest but I feel much better having got it 'off my chest' - there's a phrase 'Off my chest' where did that originate I wonder?