phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Home | Search the website Search | Discussion Forum Home|

The origin of the phrase "it's Greek to me"

Posted by Meyer on February 29, 2000

In Reply to: It's Willie again posted by Bob on February 29, 2000


Thank you for your responses.

I managed to find a source that indicates the use of this phrase predates Shakespeare, and is in fact derived from a Medieval Latin proverb "Graecum est; non potest legi" (It is Greek; it cannot be read).