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Travel to Greece. Greece is considered to be the birthplace of western civilization, a country where even now mythology has traces of influence, and Mount Olympus is still the throne of Zeus. Here, you can drink ouzo at all hours in the Plaka of Athens, or revisit the route taken by Odysseus through the islands. Explore the vineyards of Samos and the Peloponnese, run the route of the fabled Pheidippides from 490 BC, and of course visit our wonderful island, Corfu, and learn why it’s best to keep your palms to yourself when traveling in Greece.
The 18 dirtiest expressions in Greek (and how not to use them)
THE GREEK CULTURE’S long-standing attachment to all things erotic and sexual can be traced back to Ancient Greece, where sexuality was thought to be inseparable from the creation of the universe. Sexuality, sex, and love remain central to Greek identity even today and are prevalent themes in Greek advertisements, music, and even language. It may not be surprising, then, to learn that many of the dirtiest expressions in Greek have a heavy focus on sex, even when they have nothing at all to do with it! But Greeks aren’t only preoccupied with all things sex; they also have an apparent penchant for dirty bodily functions. Freud would likely say that Greeks, and perhaps the Greek culture as a whole, have found themselves stuck in the early phases of psychosexual development — oral, anal, and phallic. Not sure what I mean?
Check out 18 of the dirtiest Greek expressions below, and you’ll see why Greeks might be rendered sex-obsessed potty mouths.
1. Greeks don’t say that a place is crowded or busy; they say, “the whore is happening” (γίνετε της πουτάνας / yinete tis poutanas).
2. Greeks don’t say that they simply don’t care about something; they say, “I shat myself” (χέστηκα / hestika).
3. And they don’t say that something has annoyed them; they say, “it has made my balls swollen” (μου έπρηξε τ’αρχίδια / mou eprikse t’arxidia).
4. Greeks won’t tell you that they just don’t care; they say, “I write it on my balls” (στα αρχίδια μου / sta arxidia mou).
5. Or “I write it on my dick” (στο μπούτσο μου / sto boutso mou).
6. Greeks may not say “shit” or “damn” when they’re upset; they take it up a couple of notches and say, “I fuck my whore” (γαμώ τη πουτάνα μου / gamo ti poutana mou).
7. Greeks may not use very kind terms of endearment; they might call their friend a “jerk-off” to express affection (μαλάκα / malakia).
8. Greeks don’t say they turned a place inside out or upside down; they say, “we turned it into a brothel” (το καναμε μπουρδέλο / to kaname bourdelo).
9. Greeks won’t tell you that they messed up, or complicated a situation, or made a mess of something; they will tell you, “I fucked them” (τα γάμισα / ta gamisa).
10. A Greek won’t say he had sex with a girl; he will tell you, “I dropped her” (την έριξα / tin eriksa).
11. And they may not tell someone to fuck off when they’re angry; they may instead ask, “why don’t you fuck us?” (δεν μας γάμας; / den mas gamas?).
12. Greeks don’t simply say that they were cheated on; they say their partner “put horns on me” (με κεράτωσε / me keratose).
13. Greeks may not tell someone to get lost or to stop bullshitting; they may say, “why don’t you shit on us?” (δεν μας χέζεις; / den mas xezeis?).
14. Greeks won’t tell you that you’re overdoing it; they will tell you “you have over-shit them” (τα έχεις παραχέσει / ta exeis paraxesi).
15. A Greek does not simply say that you stood them up; they will say, “you fart on us” (μας κλάνεις / mas klaneis).
16. Another way a Greek may express being stood up by someone is to say that person “wrote me on their butt” (με έγραψε στον κώλο του / me egrapse ston kolo tou).
17. And they don’t say you’re being silly or foolish; they say, “shit in your face” (σκατά στα μούτρα σου / skata sta moutra sou).
18. And finally, if a Greek puts a full palm with 5 outstretched fingers toward the direction of your face, they’re probably not gesturing that they want 5 apples or that they will meet you at 5 o’clock. They are giving you the classic Greek moutza (μούτζα), aka, a big “fuck you.”
..by Lena Papadopoulos
7 things the Greeks can be proud of
1. Our hospitality
Our hospitality is especially evident in the Greek islands or the rural areas of Greece, where it is impossible to get to your destination on foot, without a local offering you a cup of coffee or a beer — which often leads to an invitation to dinner, escalating to an invitation to a family event. This kind of warmth and generosity helped me find myself at a Greek wedding on the small island of Σέριφος (Serifos) where I did not know the bride or the groom.
Ancient Greeks were the first to practice democracy as a form of government. Although this democracy might not be exactly the democracy we know today, as women were not allowed to vote and other restrictions were put in place, it was still a great step in the development of some of today’s political systems.
3. Our open-handedness
Greek people have the tendency to not concern themselves too much about money. They will be glad to help out someone in need even if they are not in an ideal economic position themselves. I never realized this was not as common around the world as it is in my native country until the day I bought coffee to my English friends and classmates without asking for the money back and they thought I was either insane or intoxicated.
4. Our famous food
Greek food can vary from deliciously seasoned meat to our exceptional Greek salad, χωριάτικη σαλάτα. If you visit Greece during Easter, you will need to embrace the festivities of a meat-eating culture, and try our delicious seasoned lamb (and lamb intestines for the braver travelers) slowly cooked over a fire. When in Greek taverns, never pass the opportunity to try delicious seafood like καλαμαράκι (squid) or οχταπωδάκι (grilled octopus). The one Greek food I recommend everyone should try at least once in their lifetime is the σουβλάκι (souvlaki), often referred to as “gyros”. And it would be a mistake not to mention φέτα, more famously known around the world as feta cheese.
5. Greek nights out
Young Greeks know how to party. It is customary to not return home until the sun is up since venues stay open until morning. I first discovered that this was typically Greek when my English family yelled at me for spending the whole night out without telling them beforehand. Oops!
Some of the greatest philosophers came from Ancient Greece, and are quoted even now: Aristotle, Plato, Sophocles, and many more. These philosophers did not only concern themselves with life questions, but also with scientific questions and discoveries. Aristotle declared that the earth was a sphere about 2,000 years ago.
7. Our vocabulary
The Greek language is filled with words that have no direct translation in other languages. For example, the word καψούρα (kapsoura) is an uncontrollable desire for someone, but is not to be mistaken with the word “love”. Another great example is the word μεράκι (meraki); it is used when someone puts great effort and care into making something.
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