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…

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…

Louis

Posted on 04 Sep 2019

This is wonderful and would be a shame to lose the cypriot/english language as spoken by that immig…

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…

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,…

Keko

Posted on 06 Jul 2019

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

Kkonteina (singular, feminine)…

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,…

Andy (via twitter)

Posted on 02 Jul 2019

Continuing with the add an "a" to English words to turn them into Cypriot, how many people had thei…

Tagged: Chichester

JohnA (via twitter)

Posted on 01 Jul 2019

Buseri
Fishatiko
Nti-keta = generic word for train pass, theatre seat or parking fine

Tagged: London

John

Posted on 30 Jun 2019

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

Kyri

Posted on 30 Jun 2019

As it's hay-fever season my Grenglish word is "Apptchuristigga" I sneezed.

Liz G. (via twitter)

Posted on 26 Jun 2019

Slippa!!! Standard everyday word!!

Tagged: London

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
Faool…

Tagged: Chichester

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

Lazaro S.

Posted on 25 Jun 2019

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

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…

Michael

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

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

Thekla

Posted on 22 Jun 2019

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

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…

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…

zoe

Posted on 21 Jun 2019

ti sidiroo = sitting room

to kichi

brettez = breakfast

sossinja = sausage

aiscri = ice…

Chris Christodoulou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

My favourite story is when someone said to me they went to the shopkia to get some rollous yia na t…

Maximus

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Kyprezika:

Spoken Cypriot dialect with English words sprinkled in.

Or Cypriot or Greek words …

Jon Donnis

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

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

Even after living …

Martin Pyroyiannos

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Addressa- address
Mapo- mop
Treno - train
Sandala- sandals
Ascot- boiler
Mapa- football
Fishb…

Vasili Soteriou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Pomligao

Vasili Soteriou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Pomligao

Nicholas Nicou

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Kori- in Greek you would refer to a close friend or family member who is female and saying that wor…

Christina

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

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

Vasilis

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

Busoui - single deck bus
Mitra - Meter
Mixa - Mixer
Carpetta - carpet
Fucklikkia - dirty words

Panayiota Nicola

Posted on 19 Jun 2019

Dressin-ga for dressing gown
limbero- ants
Do Boio - the cellar
fishadiko- fish and chip shop

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

Xpisto

Posted on 18 Jun 2019

Fishadiko - fish and chip shop

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

Cleo R.

Posted on 16 Jun 2019

Guys you also have to think of words the other way around.

For example, 'No Horses' aka Oi apar…

Tagged: London, North

Maria Panayiodou

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

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

Taxigis = taxi driver

Anastasia

Posted on 12 Jun 2019

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

Iacovos Neophytou

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Που εν η κόρη σου;

Μα εν ηξέρω. Is suppose to είσιεν ν´αρτει σήμερα.

More code-switching, t…

Iacovos Neophytou

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Έλα να σ´ακκάσω - Elephant and Castle

Source: My dad. He tells of an old lady who described th…

SpartanStathi

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

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

Tagged: Epitomy, Gringlish', of, 'The

Andreas Pavlou

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

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

Christina C. (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

It's got to be #fishburypark..didn't realise until I was an adult that this was in fact #FinsburyPa…

Tagged: UK

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