Understand “Philippic” Through Etymology
What’s a 𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗰? Why does this remind me of #kings, #electronics, and #horses?
#1. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁?
We’re talking about bitter, frictional, denouncing speeches about someone, and why that kind of speech is a 𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗰!
#2. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗘𝘁𝘆𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆
The word 𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗰 comes from the Greek parts 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽 (referring to “King Philip II – King of Macedon”) and -𝗶𝗰 (“related to”).
#3. 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁? 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻?
1592, by G. Harvey
#4. 𝗦𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻? and 𝗪𝗵𝘆?
Demosthenes (legendary Greek orator) made speeches directed against King Philip II of Macedon (the father of Alexander the Great). These speeches came to be known as 𝙥𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙠𝙤𝙞 𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙤𝙞, or literally, “speeches relating to Philip”. In the 𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲, a philippic has retained only the “bitter, frictional, denouncing, defamatory speech” part of the meaning, and today the word carries no specific reference to King Philip II.
#5. When you think 𝗽𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗰 you should be reminded of:
A. 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 – because lots of kings were called 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽 (here’s a list – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
B. 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝘀 – because 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝘀 is a Dutch multinational conglomerate and one of the largest electronics companies
C. 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 – because 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽 = 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹 (love) + 𝗵𝗶𝗽𝗽 (horse) = 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀, which is a name used to describe knights, as they used to train with their horses for long hours. See our post on 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽 – https://logophilia.in/
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