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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby RichardB » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:36 pm

GreekIslandGirl wrote:
RichardB wrote:
RichardB wrote:Well both of you are almost right... The kalamaras term came about because the teachers used the ink from the squid for their writings.

Morning all


Does no one read my posts :evil:


Sorry my darling. Good effort. But, it's ancient.

For example, Plato's Phaedrus - uses ' o kalamos' to mean 'the pen'.

And, 'the ink' was/ is 'to melan' (as in melanin).

Anything else? :D


Bol**cks!!

Just done a quick research and it appears you are right (again) i'll not believe my yinaikas old wives tales again :(
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby Stephanie77 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:02 pm

Καλό απόγευμα (Do you really use this term?)

You guys are killing me!

One thing that I am learning is that Cypriots are not shy about sharing their opinion. I've been living in the UK for the last few years and miss discussions like this.

By the way, I'm loving it here in Cyprus. Right now I live in Tala, Paphos, which will soon change since it's like Little England here and I'll never have the chance to learn Greek. Any suggestions?

The food is so great. When I think of the horrible salads I got in the UK--and the wonderful ones I get here....wow. Lemons everywhere. Found a carob tree and have been munching on carobs ever since. My dog loves them. What can I do with the seeds? The wine--the wine! Why does no one export the wine? The olive oil!

It's so beautiful here--the air is so fresh. Ok...enough.

Ok--I just got a meme on Facebook that says the word "kori" means "hey girl" in Cypriot Greek. How should I use this term if at all? Google is telling me that the word for girl is κορίτσι -- so is it just a short form?

F. Harry Stowe,

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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:17 pm

Stephanie77 wrote:Found a carob tree and have been munching on carobs ever since. My dog loves them. What can I do with the seeds?


Hi Stephanie - just a word of warning; although powdered carob is fine for dogs (unlike chocolate) unfortunately, if you let the dog munch too many (or even a few?) carob pods, the seeds will clog up his/her intestine because they cannot digest them - it happened to someone I know with sweetcorn - their dog loved sweetcorn but all the kernels that were undigested formed a ball in his stomach which made the dog very ill.
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby Stephanie77 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:02 pm

Thanks, GIG, I've been taking the seeds out, but good to know. Had that problem with a corn cob--needed surgery. Was a bit scary.
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby Sotos » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:14 pm

"Kori" is an ancient word and it means "daughter" and it is also used to mean "girl". "Koristsi" is a newer word (medieval) and it is derived from "Kori".
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby Sotos » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:22 pm

Right now I live in Tala, Paphos, which will soon change since it's like Little England here and I'll never have the chance to learn Greek. Any suggestions?


Anywhere other than the few British dominated villages in Paphos. But English is spoken everywhere in Cyprus so you will not be forced to learn Greek. If you try to communicate with broken Greek with somebody chances are they will reply to you in English thinking they are making it easier for you.
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby Stephanie77 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:54 pm

What other villages should I avoid besides Peyia?
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby miltiades » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:04 pm

Stephanie77 wrote:What other villages should I avoid besides Peyia?

Cyprus is Paradise on earth which has Paphos as its heart and soul.

Try visiting one of the greatest villages in Cyprus, close by Tala, the village is called Stroumbi the Great :lol:

Have a great time on Paradise island ..kori !!

Kori is widely used when calling a girl out, as in kori come here, similar to the Russian Deivouska !!
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby Stephanie77 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:40 pm

Sounds great!

F. Harry Stowe.
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Re: Cypriot Greek vs. Standard Modern Greek

Postby B25 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:10 pm

Stephanie77 wrote:F. Harry Stowe.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: For a minute I thought you were signing a F. Harry Stowe and I thought who the hell it that, then I realised what you were trying to say :lol: :lol:

Try using 'Euxaristw' which is more understandable Greeklish.
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