Σπόγγ-ος > Spong-e

cartoonThe most famous sponge in the world owes its name to the ancient greek σπόγγος [spóŋɡos] (=sponge). In Ionic dialect is σφόγγος (sfongos-σφουγγάρι-sfungari in new Greek)
and by removing the “s” (sigma) from the begining remain in Latin fungus.

In Spanish they say esponja, spugna in Italian, eponge in France and of course the English sponge.

A variant we listen in German and Scandinavian, schwamm and svamp respectively. Even in the East it’s called similar by removing the “p” (pi), sunk in Armenian, sunger in Turkish.

Here’s how we say SpongeBob in various languages:
Bob Sfungarakis, Bob Esponja, Bob l’éponge, Sünger Bob, Schwamkopf, etc.

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