Posted on 14 Apr 2021

*busso / bus - at a guess there were not many buses in rural Cyprus when people left in the 1960s a…

Tagged: Gipriaka


Posted on 16 May 2020

Negatch or Nagatch, people pronounce it differently but it comes from the word anagatcho

Christopher C. (via email)

Posted on 09 Sep 2019

A good many years ago, in a pub near the old London docks, I heard some Greek sailors use a word th…

Luke K. (via email)

Posted on 09 Sep 2019

I am fascinated by your research into Grenglish. I was born and brought up in London, UK, originall…

Christopher C.

Posted on 15 Aug 2019

I was born (1947) in London, to Greek Cypriot parents; for five years (from the age of 6 years till…


Posted on 12 Aug 2019

Is the ‘on’ in ‘ketlon’ a ‘Greekified’ ending, or does it come from the English usage...’put the ke…

Desmond Michael

Posted on 08 Aug 2019

Polishmanos = Policeman
Banga = Bank
Marketa = Market
Duspierithes = Dustmen

Also, perhaps no…

I Stellou

Posted on 28 Jul 2019

Some contributions from my parents… 😊

Πάσο - bus

Κκόμφμο - fabric softener (ANY fabric soften…

Tony Tasou

Posted on 22 Jul 2019

What a lovely project, to raise the profile of our Cypriot patois.

Some words that come to mind,…


Posted on 06 Jul 2019

Some of the many many grenlish words I hear from my grandparents:

Kkonteina (singular, feminine)…


Posted on 03 Jul 2019

I heard another one tonight from my auntie -emoovare ...
She moved!!

Tagged: London, North


Posted on 30 Jun 2019

A very good friend of mine created the word antisiseptic. Pronounced the Greek way Andi...etc. she …


Posted on 30 Jun 2019

Hoping some of these qualify. Some of these relate to the fish and chip business my parents ran. Do…

Pav masthi

Posted on 27 Jun 2019

Πιζινες/ πιζινες Μάν ( obviously business/ business man. The way it’s used has cultural connotation…

Andy (via twitter)

Posted on 26 Jun 2019

To add a few from the beautiful game
Korna = Corner
Sentra = Cross i.e. to center the ball

Tagged: Chichester

Polis Loizou-Denyer

Posted on 26 Jun 2019

From my great-aunt:

"Ta mbilozirka" - below-zero temperatures

"O hasbis mou" - my husband


Posted on 26 Jun 2019

Greek Cypriots in New Zealand are very very few. There are more Greeks in Wellington but all those…

Tagged: UK, New Zealand


Posted on 26 Jun 2019


Another interesting word coined by the Cypriots which my father was perplexed back in th…

Tagged: London, New Zealand

Lazaro S.

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

Many words have been transformed and either used from English to Greek Cypriot or Greek Cypriot to …

Place names (via twitter)

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

- Fishbouree puk (from Pantelis S.)

- Palmers Greek (from Marina L.)

- Wooogree (from Christi…

Tagged: London, places

Angela N.

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

I'm so glad you're doing this. It's something I wanted to do, but didn't where to start or have tim…

Tagged: London


Posted on 25 Jun 2019

I am writing from Brisbane Australia. I enjoyed reading your site!. A word I heard in England many …

Tagged: England


Posted on 23 Jun 2019

I have 2 brilliant words nobody knows about. They are probably worth about £1000 each. But you can …

Tagged: Edmonton


Posted on 23 Jun 2019

My parents are from Bimingam and ran a fishadiko. They sold the usual stuff including carri, sausan…

Tagged: Birmingham


Posted on 22 Jun 2019

well its more the about the accent you can hear north london cypriot its very specific. I meet peop…

George D

Posted on 22 Jun 2019

Bomb-li-gao: this was what they used to call a pub (from 'public house'). One of the funniest Greng…

Yianna Hajiantonis

Posted on 21 Jun 2019

To postofi = post office

I oringa = orange drink. My parents didn't use this word but I've heard…


Posted on 21 Jun 2019

ti sidiroo = sitting room

to kichi

brettez = breakfast

sossinja = sausage

aiscri = ice…

Andy Winters

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Yiayia lived in Manor Gardens (Fishbury park)in the 60's. Emigrated to London from Northern Cyprus …

Dionne Georgiou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

I found out recently that the "verico" grapes that are so lovely and juic…


Posted on 19 Jun 2019

Being born and raised in the uk, not london but manchester, i was good friends with georgiou s moth…

Sodoulla Georgiou

Posted on 19 Jun 2019

Coumpania- company
Mangerena - female managere
Choccolades - chocolates
Gayfren - girlfriend

Andrew Mouzouri

Posted on 18 Jun 2019

Polishmano - Policeman - my auntie (from Captain Tow) used to say it a lot - with a soft P, almost …

Andri Papapericleous

Posted on 17 Jun 2019

Tantziasmeno from tangy

George skordis

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

Rashion from rationing.word used by enclave persons in the maronite village of kormakitis for the w…

Anastasis Tavropoulos

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

Here's some Cypriot
Chiaera - Chair

Koutchises - to hit something (with a projectile) from Engl…


Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Unbisteftable - blend of unbelievable and 'abistefto'
Blondissa - blonde woman
Chigoui - as in 't…

Tagged: Epitomy, Gringlish', of, 'The

Sophia (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Η γιαγιά μου λέει ότι πρέπει να 'cancellari' το ραντεβού της!

Yiayia at ATM/cash point: "Θέλω να…

Pav Mastihi

Posted on 08 Jun 2019

Οι αηρισς / the Irish (this is interesting because presumably my parents generation didn't know any…

Pav Mastihi

Posted on 08 Jun 2019


The Yεεrologist

The name of a travelling van selling authentic Greek gyro in market…

Irene E. (via twitter)

Posted on 07 Jun 2019

‘Bandoffs’ - from ‘παντόφλες’ 🥿 🤣

Tagged: London

Andri P (via twitter)

Posted on 07 Jun 2019

'mpilozourka' = temperatures below zero

The word was mentioned to my sister when she first took …

Tagged: London


Posted on 06 Jun 2019

Pyro'wex - Pyrex
As children my sisiter and I would laugh each time our mum use this word ’fefto …

Pav Mastihi

Posted on 05 Jun 2019


The name of the band Halloumunati is a Grenglish name for a punk/ rebetiko…


Posted on 05 Jun 2019

A few words from the property world
Σεβεγιος (seveyios) derives from surveyor
Βακα (vaka) means v…

Sofia Koutlaki

Posted on 05 Jun 2019

This is a sample from US immigrants from my native island of Kassos, Dodecanese. Its dialect origin…

Kyri P.

Posted on 04 Jun 2019

i fenza (sing.) - fenzes (plural) = fences
Sharap = quiet (from shut up) e.g. 'kamnis sharap?…


Posted on 04 Jun 2019

These I heard today from my mother-in-law:

H κουμπανία - company
Ο μάνατζες - manager
O λάλος …

Tagged: London, West