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When the editor of the Manchester Guardian first heard the neologism in 1928, he exclaimed: "The word is half Greek and half Latin - no good will come of it"; what communication device's name was it?




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Answer: the television

The inventor, John Baird, coined the name by combining the Greek tele with the Latin vision. Some language purists - preferring that coinages have same-language roots - wished the device had been called either the teleopsis or the proculvision.

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Same with automobile: Greek auto (self) + Latin mobilis (mobile, movable, moving).
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