This hand movement is used when it comes to situations where you are explaining yourself to someone, placing emphasis on a point you want to get across and or even when you want to end the conversation. When a particular player or team is doing well, especially when it comes to football, they are our best friends and our gods.
Then you sort of move it away from and back towards your chest.
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You could be 72, 43 or 21 and you will always be called, the child. The amount of times I've wound my Gran up by telling her that the Greeks didn't create the English language, or Western civilisation or that the Olympics were invented by another country. *in a heavy Greek accent but spoken in English; 'THEE GRIKS CREATED EVERYYYTHING! Oh and before you say anything about the current economic state of Greece, well don't say anything, because if we didn't create the English language you wouldn't be able to say it! (aunt and uncle) There are two types of people in this World. We don't do passion by half measures, and especially not in feeling and expressing the love for our music. Families, especially meddling mothers and granny's try and set up the girls with 'a nice nn Greek boi' since the beginning of womb time! We believe that if someone is envious (in a good or bad way) of you, the evil eye will be cast by him/her, onto you.
My Yiayia still calls my youngest uncle 'to paidi' and I am still referred to as 'the paidi' or 'the mikri' (the little girl) in my family. As a matter of fact, there will always be at least a few Marias in every Greek family. and probably some spinach thrown in; and a stem of a plant they came across and ripped out the ground to plant in their garden at home. Including civilisation, the English language and the Olympics. Greeks living in Greece love Greece so much that they even want to holiday in Greece. Okay, twenty-five is a little excessive but no seriously, we come as tribes. Our Great Grandparents and Grandparents didn't have i Phones, or i Pads or even TV's back then so you know… We have many relatives who aren't actually relatives but everyone is 'Thia' and 'Thio'. We feel every single word with passion, with an ache. Greek songs are almost always about undying passion, or passionate pain, or passionate love. We believe in the power of the evil eye categorically.
We'lll come home and be given our post by our Mum with the line, "Sorry I thought it was for me! Greek Mums always open your post to make sure that the 'paidi' (the child) is ok and not in "TRUPPLE! If we're the youngest of the family, regardless of our age, we will always and forever be called "to paidi" (the child). As tradition, we take the names of our grandparents and so therefore the names duplicate. If she's been to the xorio (the village) you'll find chamomile, oregano, basil, sage, thyme, cinnamon etc. Oh and that person that lives 300 miles away in a village who doesn't even share your family name is your auntie.
Every Greek person has that one family member, normally a Yiayia, who travels back from wherever they've been with a suitcase filled to the point of explosion with spices.
Most Greek names have Saints associated to them, which means that almost every Greek person will have a name day to celebrate within the calendar year. Greeks consider name days to be of more importance than that of birthdays and tend to celebrate in a huge way. And by money, I mean money sneakily given to you by your Yiayia as if the best drug deal was about to go down. Everyone knows everyone elses' business and make it their business to know everything! Both my parents know how to do it and so they are my go-tos whenever I need.
"Nothing remains a secret with Greek families or Greek people. You can have the 'spell' taken off by someone who knows how to do the ritual.
Or even when a Greek is supporting his/her favourite sports team, but they're losing? It's not always used aggressively, insultingly or angrily, but essentially endearingly.
And nope, it's not everyone's name, it actually means 'wanker'.
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