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To be fair to my roots, times have moved on from the likes of Stavros and we are now in the period of Kostas Martakis. When you are dizzy or have a headache and yawn a lot, we believe that you are 'matiasmeni' (the evil eye has been cast upon you).
*currently just listening to Remos and doing strofes. Even if Stavro over there has a natural coat of back hair, sideburns which touch his shoulders and breath like a dried tongue stuck on a cactus in Nevada, if he is Greek, he is a nice Greek boy. If someone is jealous, doesn't like you or even likes you, they can cast the evil eye.
Whoever lives in London will know that in particular North London went mental last year when Greece won against the Ivory Coast with a penalty during injury time during the World Cup. They will say you've just closed the 36th year of your life.
"Ekleises kai bikes." (Closed and entered) If you've just turned, in English terms, 35, the Greeks will say you're 36. How many times has my Yiayia told me my fortune by looking at the coffee stains of her 'Eliniko café?
Nothing says passion like the hand gestures of a Greek person. Did you know you could have a whole conversation with another Greek, just by using your facial expressions?
People had filled the streets by foot and by car, shouting, singing, hooting, waving flags, acting like we had actually won the cup! It normally means our Yiayia (Grandma's) husband has died and she has never worn colour again out of respect for him.
Our parents' and grandparents' favourite phrase to say to the offspring when they're going on a night out, going on holiday, going for a walk, going on a date, crossing the road, ANYTHING. While we know that you know that we’re hairy – we will never discuss these things with you and we will never let you see our grooming rituals.