10 Phrases That Only Greeks Will Understand



Every language has its own peculiarities and sometimes many phrases may sound weird to someone who is not a native speaker.

The Greek language is, of course, the same but did the Greeks go too far?

Let’s find out if you will understand the 10 most common phrases Greeks use in their everyday life.

  1. ‘He puts horns on you!’

Bad news. If you hear this, probably your loved one is cheating on you!

2. ‘She lives in the devil’s mom’

Well, she doesn’t actually live there but she is really far away!

3. ‘He doesn’t understand a word, he’s a brick!’

Unless he’s talking about a wall, your friend is annoyed by someone’s intelligence…

4. ‘Sit on your eggs!’

Well, not literally. Just stop bothering and relax!

5. ‘I lost the eggs and the baskets!’

If a Greek says this, he hasn’t lost any actual egg or basket. He has no idea what’s going on.

6. Six and dry!’

This is a difficult one. If a Greek tells you this, you must stop, because you don’t know what you’re talking about…

7. ‘Enough, you’ll eat wood!’

No, this is not a traditional Greek delicacy. He is going to beat you up!

8. ‘I’ll cook a fish on your lips!’

No, your friend is not hungry. He is about to make your life difficult…

9. ‘The swing that was swinging you’

Unless you’re talking about actual swings, your friend doesn’t believe what you are saying…

10. Your bad weather!’

It is undoubtedly difficult to translate this one, but if you hear it, be aware that your interlocutor is mad at you…

Did they all sound Greek to you?

Well, if you want to find out more about hilarious and weird Greek expressions, check this video out by Angelo Tsarouhas, the 54-year-old Greek-Canadian stand-up comedian whose shows are mainly about the parody of his Greek origins.

Angelo has made television specials in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and he has toured around the world.