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Any nouns that end in ω?
by TImon Rossolimos - Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 07:38 AM
  Can you think of any nouns that end in ω?

I can only think of costume μαγιώ.
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Re: Any nouns that end in ω?
by Greg Brush - Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 10:15 AM
  1) The correct spelling is μαγιό (one-piece swimsuit for women), an indeclinable foreign import from French "maillot". In contemporary transliteration, an /o/ sound in foreign imports is spelled with ο (omicron).

2) As to nouns ending in -ω,
other than a number of ancient mythological female names, where the genitive ending has been demoticized to -ς, for example:
η/την Ηρώ (Hero), της Ηρώς*,
similarly, Ερατώ (Erato), Ερατώς*; Καλυψώ (Calypso), Καλυψώς*,
and some contemporary female nicknames ending in -ω, for example:
η/την Βάσω (< Βασιλική), της Βάσως,
similarly, Φρόσω (< Ευφροσύνη), Φρόσως; Θεανώ, θεανώς; Μυρτώ, Μυρτώς*,
there are only one or two survivors from the ancient language. These nouns had a stem ending in οι:
η/την ηχώ (echo), της ηχώς*.
* Most of these nouns ending in -ω also have a formal (katharevousa) contracted genitive ending in -ους: της Ηρούς, Ερατούς, Καλυψούς, Μυρτούς, ηχούς, etc.

Other than ηχώ and a handful of female names, I can't think of any others, certainly not any of native Greek origin.

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Re: Any nouns that end in ω?
by TImon Rossolimos - Thursday, 29 September 2016, 02:44 PM
  Thank you as always Greg.