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I am puzzled about this. In English the word 'Doctor' is shortened to 'Dr' ie the first and last letters are used.

Doctor in Greek is 'γιατρός'  but you abbreviate it to 'Δρ' . Why is this?

Why is it not Γρ.  Was Doctor used in the past in Greece?

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Γεια σου Ιάκοβε

The Greek abbreviation Δρ comes from the Greek word "δόκτωρ". (The words "δόκτωρ" in Greek and "doctor" in English have the same Latin root. )

Δόκτωρ in Greek has two meanings:

1. Holder of a PhD Degree.

2. Doctor.

So, the eabbriviationcan Δρ can be used either for a person of any job who has a PhD degree or for a doctor.


Δρ Ιωάννης Παπαδόπουλος, Καρδιολόγος = Dr John Papadopoulos,  cardiologist (Δρ indicates that he is a doctor)

Δρ Γεώργιος Παπαδόπουλος, καθηγητής Αρχαιολογίας = George Papadopoulos, professor of Archaeology (Δρ indicates that he has a PhD Degree)

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Most greek teens are shortening the words while writing so I guess I can help you with it !

ΟTΚ = ό,τι καλύτερο (the best)Usage 100%

ΟΤΧ = ό,τι χειρότερο (the worst) Usage 100%

ΣΘΛ = σε θέλω (i want you) (usually for love) Usage 50%

Σ'γπ = Σ' αγαπώ (i love you) Usage 40%

κτλβν = καταλαβαίνω Usage 90%

σγρ = σίγουρος/η (i am sure) Usage 70%

Κ = και (and)  Usage 100%

Γτ = γιατί (what or because) Usage 50%

Τλμ = τα λέμε (it means see you i guess) Usage 20%

Κλμρ/Κλνχτ = καλημέρα/καληνύχτα (good morning/good night) usage 50%

Μ = μου (???)

Σ = σου (???)

Μλκ = μαλάκα (asshole) Usage 70%
Very very useful.  Thank you so much.