Contributions

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…

Androulla L.

Posted on 15 Aug 2019

Sandwigi = sandwich

Billin = the bill (when you have paid for something).

Anastasia

Posted on 11 Aug 2019

Abetchou - I bet you
Dipozito- deposit
Boxi- box
Basaris- bus driver
Garashi - garage
Fishatik…

Peter Papacosta

Posted on 07 Jul 2019

I remember my yia yia when she tried to say thank you. It came out as thekyou

Tagged: Thank, Thekyou, =, you

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 …

Choftes

Posted on 29 Jun 2019

To talk choftes is to talk rubbish.

"You chat choftes"

"What is this choftes"

Pav masthi

Posted on 27 Jun 2019

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

Rebecca Z. (via email)

Posted on 27 Jun 2019

Slyeesooess for slices of something

Busserris for bus driver

Posta for post

Postaro P…

Tagged: London

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

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

Harry

Posted on 23 Jun 2019

I lived in London for 20 years and now in New Zealand.

The friendly how are you as per Cypriots …

Tagged: London, New Zealand

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…

Maria

Posted on 22 Jun 2019

Halva yew? How are you

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…

zoe

Posted on 21 Jun 2019

ti sidiroo = sitting room

to kichi

brettez = breakfast

sossinja = sausage

aiscri = ice…

Pav mastihi

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

As you do, you go to Σεσπουρι to do the σιοπια in the γεριμη the βρακα. No idea where his πασκεττα…

Martin Pyroyiannos

Posted on 20 Jun 2019

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

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…

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

Costas

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

" kamneis ligolai" do you offer legal aid - persons looking for solicitor that does legal aid w…

SpartanStathi

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

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

Tagged: Epitomy, Gringlish', of, 'The

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

Marianna M. (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

“Where did you parkares to car”

Tagged: London

Petro N (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

I was about write to you & complain. But I had no "στάμπα" to put on the letter, so I was going to …

Tagged: West, Midlands

Kimchi (via twitter)

Posted on 11 Jun 2019

Oh god, my mum and godmother have quite a few 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Caioukia = cake
Sausenges = sausages
Cig…

Tagged: UK

Pav Mastihi

Posted on 08 Jun 2019

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

George P. (via twitter)

Posted on 06 Jun 2019

You pbly know these but... Marketa (market) basketa,(basket) buson, (bus)

Daspieris - bin man
a…

Pav Mastihi

Posted on 05 Jun 2019

HALLOUMINATI THE BAND

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

MIRANDA

Posted on 03 Jun 2019

Sosinja- sausage
Fishbury park - Finsbury Park
Tornepikekani- Turnpike Lane
Kitchoui - kitche…

Pav Panayioti Mastihi

Posted on 03 Jun 2019

Οι πιτλοι/ the Beatles ( the band, not the insects)

Ο ποηφρε/ boyfriend

Η κεηφρε/ the girlfr…

Pav panayioti mastihi

Posted on 03 Jun 2019

GORY

Gory roughly translates as hey you or hey girl used when women address each other.

Tech…

Maria

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

Buseri - the bus drive

Postaji - the postman

Checkin - the cheque

Billin - the bill

Fis…

Andros Mavroleftheros

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

Ttatta - ta (Thanks)
Koutsia street - Goodge Street

Ττάττα ρα Τταλλού τζαι ση γιου στο Κούτσια …

Helen Evangelou

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

Bobligao = Public House (pub)
Exapenni = Woolworth (everything for sale was under sixpence, someti…

Pelayia

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

Ελαβέρα - elevator

Μουβάρεις - you are moving

Τρόκι- truck

Αμπουλάνζα - ambulance

Σπι…

Despena Vasiliou

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

Stop’ed - car brake - use to hear this a lot s a child, in fact mum still uses it, to stop is stop …

Niko T

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

ARHITHOMANDILO..........Men's underwear.

BROSTOMOUNA............Apron you wear for cooking.

Pav Panayioti Mastihi

Posted on 01 Jun 2019

Μαππος/ mop
Χουβα/ vaccume cleaner
Μιτρα/ meter (as in gas or Electric meter. Possibly not used n…

Rico

Posted on 31 May 2019

Daw beellee .........the bill
Chakares tous ....did you check
Een bookarismeni......are the boo…

Marianna Michael

Posted on 31 May 2019

“Where did you parkares to car”

Nicholas Nicou

Posted on 31 May 2019

Oringa- orange juice.
Enen - den einai - it's not
Basketo - basket
Boxin - box

Not sure if t…

Andrew Demetriou

Posted on 31 May 2019

Nottis/Nottissa - Naughty (Male/Feminine)

What any of my older generation family say when one of…