My Encounter with Iktho

A Challenge to your Latin/Greek English Knowledge

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Senior Scribe, John Robertson

Do you like word challenges? See if you can translate this story from the Latin/Greek elements shown in bold letters into simple English. You may use a good dictionary with etymological references or, best of all, get a copy of Words for a Modern Age , A Cross Reference of Latin and Greek Combining Elements.

A one-headed-
fish narrator.

Iktho, the 
two-headed fish.

Whenever you’re ready, tap Piscis (left) or Iktho (right) and the Home Page will be returned to you; meanwhile remember: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time.” —Chinese proverb

Uni Heliodies [two parts, one word], as Ego was ambulating on the arena by the aqua, Ego spectated a xeno looking piscis jumping into and exo of the hydro. He was very macro and chromful. Post observing this piscis from tele away for some chrone, Ego decided to take a closer spectro at this barbarous fauna. He kept volving and gyrating as if he were trying to choreo.

When this ichthyofauna saw me, he tachly ex-ambulated [reverse the order for the English translation] of the aqua and started a dialogue with me. He told me that his nomenclature [nomen] was Iktho. Ego tried to port on a discussion with him, but Iktho was just too loquacious. He asked me to show him the ortho way to choreo. Ego told him Ego didn't cognito how to teach an [a] ichthyomorph the art of choreoing, especially a tripoded, duocraned mono. Iktho got very angry and versed circum and retrogressed [two words, reverse their order] into the halo aqua where he symbiosed [two words, reverse their order] with other macrofauna [plural] of his biosphere.

Post that, Iktho stayed hypo the hydro during the diem and came exo of the aqua only at nox so no anthropo could catch vista of his ichthyoid appearance doing his version of the tacho step with [a] oligo-brady steps for variety.

It was a xeno vista for andros, gynos, and peds (Gk.) from their cryptic alto-locus on the hill super scoping the scene sub them. Iktho’s scintillating lunar exploits with his pseudopods were the main topics of pan the major discussions in the acropolis.Well, this is the finis of our micro story, but we wish Iktho only bene and that no mono has any maledictions for our micro friend with the macro cardia. Long viva Iktho, a veritable hydro-terrestrial ichthyofauna; a unique piscis among multi pisces.

Iktho story translation

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