The word in Greek for a "machine" is μηχανή - in modern Greek, pronounced mee-kha-NEE (a feminine noun), which passed into Latin with its vowels reversed as machina (also a feminine noun) The Latin word appears in English literature in the phrase "deus ex machina". From Latin it descended into numerous European languages as "machine". Ben Yehuda may not have been happy about modern foreign imports, but many writers had few compunctions regarding words with so authentic an ancient pedigree Similarly, Had I lived at that time, I could have walked in and legitimately have said, "I have arrived " αφικομην - afikomen.
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