I often proclaim “Poikilia Poikitse = Variety Everywhere!” whenever making lessons and posts about Finngreek. The premise is that there is a great amount of variety in the Finngreek language, due to proposed phonological shifts, as well as multiple source words for constructions (which probably ultimately derive from one shared root word between both languages).

In these photographs, we can see a visual reference to what I believe the root “poiki” originally represented: Colorful and changeful woven garments, with variety throughout. I believe that the hypothetical Finngreeks – the coexisting Mycenaean and Proto-Uralic peoples – would have been weaving and wearing garments similar to the outfits pictured in these frescoes. This article goes into detail about the fashion and customs of women in Mycenaean Greece – customs which I propose would have been synchronous with the Late Bronze Age Finngreek contact period.

At the end of Lesson 19, I go into a little more detail about the comparisons of the Finnish and Greek source words for this concept: Ποικιλία, Ποικιλτής<Ποικίλος, and Poikitse/Poikki-. They ultimately result in the Finngreek word Poiki, which describes a weave pattern; variety, change; and figuratively, evolution and metamorphosis. The -poiki case suffix also describes when something is across, or throughout, the suffixed word (eg: Pokopoiki, “through the garment”; Kotopoiki, “across the house”). From these pieces, we get a uniquely Finngreek word:

Poikipoiki = Change throughout

If someone tells you “Poikipoikisae” (You’ve [been] changed throughout), it is a compliment to the variety and evolution of who you are. Poiki always has a positive meaning in Finngreek.

Poikipoikimae Hypaeklaessaethae = I’ve been changed throughout by the Finngreek language
Ode pokopoikipoikilia = There is variety throughout the garment/fleece
Poikiesiise poljonkaonii! = The change in(to) you is very beautiful!

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