Contributions

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…

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…

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,…

Greg Theoharis

Posted on 11 Jul 2019

"En en" was a phrase my Yiayia and Pappou used which was added as a confirmation at the end of a st…

Maria

Posted on 03 Jul 2019

Before I forget.
Grenglish word
Unsure if it's been used

Parkari... Ebien Na Parkari 🤣

Tagged: London, North

Sotiris Hajittofi (sidney)

Posted on 03 Jul 2019

box- boxin. boxes- boxia(boksha, it's important to get the pronounciation correct)
list- lista,…

Sotiris Hajittofi (Sidney)

Posted on 03 Jul 2019

box- boxin. boxes- boxia(boksha, it's important to get the pronounciation correct)
list- lista,…

John

Posted on 30 Jun 2019

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

Michael H. (via email)

Posted on 28 Jun 2019

In Australia the Cypriots say "ordeno" for "order". This is used when someone calls for to order fo…

Tagged: australia, Brisbane, -

Pav masthi

Posted on 27 Jun 2019

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

Harry

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

Harry

Posted on 26 Jun 2019

Kavnas

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

Tagged: London, New Zealand

Pav mastihi

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

FOOD AND PRODUCT LABELS 1

I somehow ended up at a Greek Cypriot shop food called Despina’s in S…

Lazaro S.

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

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

Nadia S. (via twitter)

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

Goodnight

Neighbour of some cousins in Cyprus, who’d lived many years in London. They used to ca…

Tagged: London, Cyprus

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

Brian

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

I'm of English mother tongue and my knowledge of Greek or Cypriot is very, very basic (maybe a coup…

Kipreo-boullos

Posted on 24 Jun 2019

1. O Cash-illis - A person who is rich in money and assets.
Example: Epia esso tou Jimmy na t…

Sotiris

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

Costas

Posted on 23 Jun 2019

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

Tagged: Birmingham

Dion Georgiou

Posted on 22 Jun 2019

To Mbaso - The bus
I Mbanka - The bank

Both terms that I heard my grandfather (born in Cyprus i…

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…

Sid Paparestis

Posted on 21 Jun 2019

Andressa = Address
Stampa = Stamp
Ticketo = ticket

Exapeni = was used to refer to Woolworths b…

annao

Posted on 21 Jun 2019

My yiayia used to say ´Ferilikkos´ for fairy liquid !

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…

Jon Donnis

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

"Hem / Hemself" - My dad uses Hem instead of Him or Her, Himself or Herself.

Even after living …

Andy Winters

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

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

Vasili Soteriou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Pomligao

Vasili Soteriou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Pomligao

Christina

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

'Faies' (fires)
My parents used this word to describe the central heating in the house or the heat…

Λαζαρώ

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

George Charalambous

Posted on 19 Jun 2019

Κορνφλαϊ - Cornflakes (is used for any breakfast cereal)
Μικι Μαου - Mickey Mouse (used to descri…

Eleni Papageorgiou

Posted on 19 Jun 2019

Mapo = mop
Postaris= to post something
Smixis= mix together
Paso= bus
Ketlo= kettle
Sakari=…

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 …

Xpisto

Posted on 18 Jun 2019

Fishadiko - fish and chip shop

Everyone Greek Cypriot I know uses this word, especially in the W…

Mr Way and Panteli S. (via Twitter)

Posted on 15 Jun 2019

When I was a kid it was stedde, but since I married, my girls have Yiayia’s. Also, I used to sleep …

Maria Panayiodou

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

Busairis = bus conductor my mum and friends used this word in the 70’s

Taxigis = taxi driver

George skordis

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

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

Anastasia

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

My Yiayia and Bapoo use the Gringlish word ‘hoteli’ for ‘hotel’ rather than the standard Greek word…

Nadia S. (via twitter)

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

Neighbour of some cousins in Cyprus, who’d lived many years in London. They used to call her ‘Κουνά…

Tagged: Goodnight, SE London

Iacovos Neophytou

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Πρόσεχε, εν πολλά κκράφτησσα τούτη.

- Be careful, she is very crafty / deceitful / untrustworth…

Andreas Pavlou

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Baso- λεωφορείο
Fishatiko- fish and chips shop
Boksi- κουτί
Ινδιάνος--indian
Televijon- τηλεόρα…

Chris P. (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

My Yiayia used to call Camden Town ‘up and down’

Tagged: London

Tina K. (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

My Yiayia used to use ‘jusdasay’ (just the same) and ‘abetchoo’ (I bet you) in her Greek sentences.…

Tagged: London

Gabriel (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

το κέττλο - kettle
μικκημάους - any form of cartoon
το ντάσπι - bin
η κούκκα - stove

Also,…

Tagged: London