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    James Carter

    It’s a literal translation of the city’s name from Greek. φίλος (philos) is ‘Love’ and ἀδελφός (adelphos) is ‘brother[ly]’. When those two morphemes are combined, with some linguistic machinations, one ends with Philadelphia, ‘the city of brotherly love’. It was probably an appealing, significant and purposeful name to a Quaker such as William Penn.

    Robert Grave

    It’s translated from Greek – “Philadelphia, which is Greek for “brotherly love,” derived from the Ancient Greek terms φίλος phílos (beloved, dear) and ἀδελφός adelphós (brother, brotherly)”

    Nowadays, it’s sometimes invoked with a sense of irony, which can be bitter.

    Mary Campbell

    But, for real, I think the brotherly love thing is just sarcasm. Like calling a bald guy curly.

    Patricia Marsh

    Remember the city was founded by Quakers, so the “we’re all brothers” thing was very real at the time.

    Irinushka Belova

    Youtube Channel Philadelphia The great experiment. Great documentary on history of the city

    Kevin O’Neill

    Real good question. Maybe Philadelphia is Native American for “idiots will never figure out what this word means” (SATIRE)

    Bonita Peel

    And the city’s motto is “Philadelphia Maneto”, or “let brotherly love endure”.

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