Greek Sayings is a word for word rendering of Greek expressions into English. This is, to a certain extent, a popular practice among Greeks learning English and a humorous way of infiltrating the dominance of the English language.

Each expression carries different connotations according to the context in which it is used and the seemingly non-sensical end-result can be the beginning of wonderful conversations over the joys of the Greek language


I’m not for many many

When you’re not in the mood for too much

Your little buckets and to another beach

Take your stuff and get out of here

Shut up and swim

Stop complaining and do as you’re told

Good wines

Ironic expression used when someone is out of topic

Shit high and gaze

Expression used when we refer to something that is considered a lost cause

I drank my horns

I drank too much

Little Friday sugar Little Friday honey

Originally from a Greek song now used to show happiness for the upcoming weekend

Take the egg & haircut it

When something is pointless

To go down the poisons

Expression used usually when toasting

From the city I come & to the top cinnamon

When there is no clear connection to one’s actions and words

Hair cotton dick venom

For males, even though getting older sex is not an issue

Slow the muchoil

Big deal

The madness doesn’t go to the mountains

To point out the existence of craziness in our everyday lives

The masturbation goes cloud

When someone keeps talking nonsense; in English: coming out of one’s ear

For you is the life

Expression used when someone is having a great time

Who? HIM! 1-0

Usual answer to the question, “Who?” while pointing to your private parts

My animals slow

Used to point out that someone is slow physically and mentally.

With these and these the hour passed

When your too involved in something or having a great time doing something time flies / the hours pass by quickly.

Every last year and better

An expression to reminisce previous years gone by

Say hello to the plane tree

When you say something to someone and you know that it won’t happen

Welcome our eyes the two

When you’re happy that someone comes. Can be used sarcastically also

First face in the crab

A playful expression that describes a somewhat funny attitude people adopt when they become overconfident among others and think they are hotshots.

Everyone his violin

This idiomatic expression is used to describe the lack of communication among a group of people, who cannot work as a team; instead, they act as they see fit, which results in a complete lack of coordination.

And the God assistant

People use this expression when they decide to proceed with their plans even if the outcome is uncertain. It means: May God be with us in this risky venture.

A hole in the water

When all efforts bring no positive outcome.

Give pain

Bring it on! When a task is demanding but you can take the challenge!

Points and monsters

This expression is used when people are surprised and intrigued by revelations about organisations and people who were expected to act righteously but didn’t.

You had it and in your village

A comment used for people who adopt foreign habits or purchase quirky gadgets that might be useless.