Thursday, 21 January 2010


pythogenic adj produced by filth [Origin from Greek pythein to rot] Chambers, 1998

I didn't already know this word, but I mostly just wanted to contrast it with the word that's next but one:

Pythonesque adj (of humour) bizarre and surreal, as in the BBC television comedy programme Monty Python's Flying Circus.

It's not from Latin, it's not from Greek, but it's good.

EDIT: Of course it IS from Greek. Whoops!


  1. Wellll, it _is_ Greek - Python was the original God of the Delphic Oracle, before that Apollo chap came along IIRC.

  2. Ooh - you're right of course. How lazy of me! Python comes from "pythein" to rot (because the Great Snake killed by Apollo rotted). My sincere apologies, Mr Grill!