The result of such borrowing is, for
some reason or other, the immediate accession to
our language of a certain liveliness and charm.
Take, for example, words such as sephyri and zophori:1
if they were spelt according to the Latin alphabet,
they would produce a heavy and barbarous sound.
For we replace these letters by others of a harsh
and unpleasant character,2 from which Greece is
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