November 17, 2012 5:30 am

Save dignity of the word ‘philos’

From Dr Spyros Konidaris.

Sir, We have heard much of the term “paedophilia” recently. It is sad that the Greek word “philos” has been so badly misused and the term broadly established (even imported from English into the modern Greek vocabulary!). Think how bad it would sound to be an “Anglophile”.

I have noticed that several French and English writers do use the correct term “paederast”, conveying the real meaning of the aberration.

I make a plea to help save the precious dignity of the word “philos”.

Spyros Konidaris, London SW13, UK

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