Creative Greek Insults That Are Rather Funny Than Offensive

You may hear them in Greek movies and tv-series or even on the street. These Greek insults are not meant to be offensive – they are normally used in a playful way, just for laughs.

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Creative and Inoffensive Greek Insults

  • (ο) μπαγλαμάς – this small Greek musical instrument is often used to describe people that are… unimportant and useless.
  • (ο) κουραμπιές – this Christmas delicacy has been used as a funny insult. A Greek actress named Dimitra Matsouka once admitted calling a fellow driver she argued with “κουραμπιέ”. The phrase “ναι τον είπα κουραμπιέ” (yes, I called him kourabie) instantly became a meme.
  • (η) κουφαλίτσα – literally translated as “little tree hollow”, it is used to describe people who are deceptive and sneaky but, at the same time, they are not dangerous or evil. The term was popularized by a Greek tv-series.
  • (η) τσαπερδόνα – from the Italian “sopra donna”, this Greek word is used to describe women who are overly flirty. It is used in a playful way and it is not considered offensive. You should not mix it up with offensive slurs that refer to women’s sexuality.
  • (ο) μπουμπούνας – this Greek insult describes someone who is a bit stupid in a funny rather than an offensive way.
  • (o) γάιδαρος/ (η) γαϊδάρα – donkeys are beloved animals in Greece. However, they are considered stubborn, and they are therefore used to describe people who have this quality. At the same time, a “γάιδαρος” in Greek is also a taker who never gives to others or returns favors.
  • είναι στον κόσμο του/της – he/she is in his/her own cosmos (world). This phrase is used when someone is absent-minded and/or does not pay attention to non-verbal cues and does not “read” the room.
  • τρεις λαλούν και δυο χορεύουν – three (people) are singing and two are dancing. This creative insult is used during a conversation when someone says something that is unrelated to the subject or when someone has probably not understood what the other person talked about.

Did you know any of these words and phrases?

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Funniest Greek Words and Phrases You Should Start Using

Every language has words and phrases that are either funny or can be used for some smart comebacks. Here is a list of the funniest Greek words you should start using.

Funny Greek Words and Phrases:

  • Αμπελοφιλοσοφίες (οι): “vine philosophies” a.k.a drunk philosophical conversations or (metaphorically) ideas that sound smart but are actually stupid. Example: «Άσε μας με τις αμπελοφιλοσοφίες σου.» (Stop with your vine philosophies).
  • Πιασ’ τ’ αβγό και κούρευ’ το (πιάσε το αβγό και κούρεψε το): “take the egg and shave it” a.k.a the situation is difficult to handle or the task is impossible. Example: «Να επισκευάσω την πόρτα; Πιάσ’ τ’ αβγό και κούρευτ’ το!» (Repair the door? Take the egg and shave it).
  • Ψαροκώσταινα (η): “Fish Kostena” a.k.a a poor and uncultured person or place – named after a 19th century old lady named Kostena from the town of Psara. Example: «Μένουμε στην ψαροκώσταινα της Ευρώπης.» (We reside in Europe’s fish Kostena).
  • Κάγκουρας (ο): “Kangaroo man” a.k.a a man who wears a funny pack and tunes his vehicles. Example: «Τι φοράς; Σαν κάγκουρας είσαι.» (What are you wearing? You look like a kangaroo man).
  • Ψωροευρώ (τα): “Poor people’s euros” a.k.a an amount of money that is too less to make you rich. Example: «Δουλεύει όλη μέρα για μερικά ψωροευρώ.» (He/she works all day for some poor people’s money).
  • Έφαγα πόρτα: “I ate a door” a.k.a someone slammed a door in my face or simply denied me access to a place. «Δεν μπήκα στο κλαμπ. Έφαγα πόρτα.» (I did not enter the club. I ate a door).

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Rare Greek Words Few People Use | Upgrade Your Greek With These Words

You may have started learning Greek and you want to impress your fellow students, teachers, and the native speakers. Helinika comes to the rescue by providing you with a list of rare Greek words only avid speakers use. Some of these words might give an “it’s all Greek to me” reaction even to your Greek language teacher. Let’s get started.

Rare Greek Words That Will Upgrade Your Vocabulary

  • Αλεξιβρόχιο: synonym of «ομπρέλα» (umbrella).
  • Αμφίψωμο: synonym of «σάντουιτς» (sandwich).
  • Βαυκαλίζω: to fool someone with fake promises.
  • Δερματοστιξία: a synonym of «τατουάζ» (tattoo art).
  • Εκμαυλίζω: to corrupt someone.
  • Ευκαταφρόνητος: negligible, a person that is worth ignoring.
  • Ζοφερός: dark, a person or situation that instills fear and negative emotions.
  • Ιλαρός: synonym of «χαρούμενος» (happy).
  • Κίβδηλος: fraudulent, counterfeit.
  • Λεξιθηρία: what you are currently doing: looking for rare words to use.
  • Μονολιθικός: inflexible, someone who is unable to change his or her point of view.
  • Πτωχαλαζών: someone who is poor and arrogant at the same time.
  • Ρηξικέλευθος: groundbreaking.
  • Ταχυφαγείο: synonym of «φασφουντάδικο» (fast-food restaurant).
  • Φενάκη: synonym of «περούκα» (wig), fraud, deception.

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6 Beautiful Greek Words You Should Use | Most Beautiful Greek Words Pt. 3

Many people agree that the Greek language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. We have already seen a series of outstanding Greek words, such as “απόκοσμος”. Here are six more aesthetically pleasing Greek words to add to your vocabulary!

6 Beautiful Words of Greek Origin

  1. Πετριχώρ (Petrichor): The scent of summer rain.
  2. Στοργή (Storge): The purest and most caring form of love.
  3. Έρωτας (Erotas): Passionate/ romantic love.
  4. Νεφέλη (Nephele): A small cloud; the name of a cloud nymph; a common Greek name for girls.
  5. Ψυχή (Psyche): Soul; the psyche.
  6. Τερπικέραυνος (Terpikeraunos): Delighting in thunder; an epithet of Zeus.

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7 Aesthetic Greek Words You Should Start Using | Most Beautiful Greek Words Pt. 2

Greek is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. There are, however, a few words that make the Greek language exceptionally beautiful. Here is a list of seven aesthetic Greek words you should start using today. Before we get started, make sure to watch part one and subscribe for part three!

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7 Aesthetic Greek Words

  1. Ελευθερομανία (Eleutheromania): frantic zeal for freedom
  2. Ευδαιμονία (Eudaimonia): protected by a good demon; lucky
  3. Φιλοξενία (Philoxenia): friend of the stranger; hospitality
  4. Θαλασσοφιλία (Thalassophilia): love for the sea
  5. Πνευματικός (Pneumaticos): a man of spirit and intellect
  6. Μετάνοια (Metanoia): a change of mind; regret
  7. Αλεξιθυμία (Alexithymia): emotional detachment

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5 Beautiful Greek Words You Should Know | Most Beautiful Greek Words Pt. 1

Who can deny that the Greek language is one of the most beautiful and poetic languages in the world? But some words stand out more than others. Here is a list of beautiful Greek words with a deep meaning. Before we get started, make sure to subscribe for part 2!

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5 Beautiful Greek Words:

  1. Χαρμολύπη (Harmolypi): Sweet sorrow
  2. Φιλότιμο (Philotimo): Love for pride
  3. Εύνοια (Eunoia): Positive mind; mercy
  4. Νοσταλγία (Nostalgia): Homecoming pain
  5. Απόκοσμος (Apokosmos): Otherworldly

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Greek Synonyms and Antonyms Exercise. Can You Find the Correct Answer?

Test your Greek vocabulary skills with a synonym/antonym exercise. The exercise is two-fold: a) you need to know the meaning of the provided word/ phrase, b) you need to know the meaning of the words/ phrases from the multiple-choice options. Can you find the correct answer?

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What is an Antonym? What is a Synonym? | Etymology of Synonym and Antonym

The term “synonym” derives from the Greek word «συνώνυμο» (συν + όνομα). It means “equivalent” and, in semantics, it indicates a word or phrase that has the exact or very similar meaning to another word or phrase.

The opposite applies to “antonym” (αντώνυμο). An antonym is a word or phrase that has the opposite meaning of another word or phrase.

For example, a synonym of the English word “tasty” is the word “delicious”. An antonym of the English word “tall” is “short”.

Now, take pen and paper and try to find the answer to the questions down below.

Questions: Can You Find the Correct Synonym for the Greek Words Below?

Α) Αδύνατος

  • Δυνατός

  • Ψιλός

  • Ψηλός

Β) Ωραία

  • Άσχημη

  • Δυνατή

  • Όμορφη

Γ) Σπίτι

  • Όροφος

  • Οικία

  • Δήμος

Δ) Βοσκός

  • Τσοπάνης

  • Αγρότης

  • Κυνηγός

Ε) Νοσοκόμα

  • Δασκάλα

  • Γιατρός

  • Νοσηλεύτρια

ΣΤ) Τέλειο

  • Καλό

  • Άψογο

  • Μέτριο

Greek Synonyms | Answers

Α) Αδύνατος = Ψιλός
Β) Ωραία = Όμορφη
Γ) Σπίτι = Οικία
Δ) Βοσκός = Τσοπάνης
Ε) Νοσοκόμα = Νοσηλεύτρια
ΣΤ) Τέλειο = Άψογο

Questions: Can You Find the Correct Antonym for the Greek Words Below?

Α) Ψηλός

  • Ψιλός

  • Κοντός

  • Δυνατός

Β) Νεαρή

  • Μεγάλη

  • Άσχημη

  • Μικρή

Γ) Εργατικός

  • Δουλευταράς

  • Τεμπέλης

  • Παραγωγικός

Δ) Άστοχος

  • Εύστοχος

  • Στόχος

  • Στοχοπροσήλωση

Ε) Ορεινός

  • Βουνίσιος

  • Υπόγειος

  • Πεδινός

ΣΤ) Ταπεινός

  • Αλαζόνας

  • Πράος

  • Μετριόφρων

Greek Antonyms | Answers

Α) Ψηλός ≠ Κοντός
Β) Νεαρή ≠ Μεγάλη
Γ) Εργατικός ≠ Τεμπέλης
Δ) Άστοχος ≠ Εύστοχος
Ε) Ορεινός ≠ Πεδινός
ΣΤ) Ταπεινός ≠ Αλαζόνας

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Writing Greek on Paper

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Writing Greek on paper is different from typing Greek on a computer.

Although most of Helinika’s visitors have no problem typing the Greek letters, they often find it difficult to write those letters on paper. That is why we prepared a short video on our YouTube channel that you can use to mimic a common writing style for the Greek letters. It goes without saying that there are many more handwritings out there and you can develop yours with a lot of practice. Writing in a different alphabet is not easy but it is definitely worth the effort!

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Writing the alphabet on paper:

Writing random Greek words on paper:

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