Greek Street Origin

The origins and history of placenames, nicknames, local slang, etc.
Squirrel
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Postby Squirrel » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 3:56 pm

Hi, does anyone know where the name 'Greek Street' comes from? Particularly if there are any links to Greece/Greek origin?Thanks,
electricaldave
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Postby electricaldave » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 8:13 pm

I wonder if it has anything to do with printing, Greeking is a printing term. Printers would greek text below a certain size if it could not be reproduced in a certain size font size.
Catweazle
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Postby Catweazle » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 8:48 pm

And is there any connection with Soho as in both Soho and Leeds there are Greek Street and an Air Street (note no 'e' in the Leeds one too) in close proximity...
LS1
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Postby LS1 » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 9:38 pm

I'm sure the one in Leeds is spelt Aire as in the river Aire.

Catweazle
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Postby Catweazle » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 10:00 pm

LS1 wrote: I'm sure the one in Leeds is spelt Aire as in the river Aire. You're right now why did my mind make a point of thinking it was different than the expected spelling 'Aire'. Bloody hell i'm going senile...!
sirjohn
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Postby sirjohn » Wed 22 Apr, 2009 10:25 pm

The london one supposedly takes its name from a greek church originally in the street





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