We APPRECIATE being Greek.
1. You shouldn’t be alarmed that people’re constantly being spat on
“FTISEEEEEEE!!” (Spit!) You hear it constantly. Spitting for the Greek tradition is an easy method of detracting any style of wicked existence, using the jinx off one thing and basically not fate that is tempting.
“Mum, my job that is new is very well!” Mum: “Ftise!”
Mum if you ask me: “You look therefore stunning in that gown” Me: “Ftiseeeeee Maaaaaa!”
Spitting is like 2nd nature to us. As soon as we have instinct to spit, to ‘protect’ some body so we do not spit, it does not feel right. Oh, as well as its constantly three spits. FTOO. FTOO. FTOO.
2. We call EVERYONE ‘malaka’
Perhaps you have heard Greek buddies address one another? Or just how taxi that is about angry in Greece? And on occasion even whenever a Greek is supporting his/her favourite recreations group, however they’re losing? Essentially, these are typically all “MALAKES”. Single form being “malaka”. And nope, it isn’t everybody’s title, it really means ‘wanker’.
It is not constantly utilized aggressively, insultingly or angrily, but basically endearingly. We frequently call my sister from the phone and state: “Ela (Hi) malaka!” The truth is, I’m maybe not calling my sibling a wanker, but instead, in certain twisted way that is affectionate “sister”.
3. You need to understand expressions like ‘ta matia sou dekatessera’
Our parents’ and grand-parents’ favourite expression to state to the offspring once theyare going on a night away, taking place getaway, going on a walk, taking place a date, crossing the street, ANYTHING.
Direct translations of our language always make me laugh, and also by literally saying “your eyes fourteen”, our elders are pre-warning us to be cautious. Therefore careful the equivalent is had by us of fourteen eyes. Yes, which is fourteen eyes around your face.
4. There’ll be a lot of leg slapping
In specific, my Gran’s favourite move: the thigh slap.