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February 7, 2013


       The following list has been compiled from an online student group and on a Facebook group called "Greeks Invented Everything", and even though some of it is written from the perspective of Greek-Americans, it's still highly amusing and relevant:

You know you're Greek when.......

  •  You make frappe before leaving home, when getting to the office, after lunch, when having guests, before the guests leave, after the guests leave and before going to bed.

  • You still have clothes that you used to wear when you were five stored in suitcases.     

  • You hide everything from your parents, but they still think they know everything about you, and make you believe that they actually do.

  • When you arrive home you find 20 people waiting for you at the airport.

  • When you come back from college you still have to live with your parents, and fight over curfew all over again, as if you never left them before. 


  • Your relatives alone could populate a small city.

  • Everyone is a family friend.

  • You fight over who pays the dinner bill.
When you go on a date you start thinking of places that you never thought of before to avoid family or family friends. You end up in a lousy place and still bump into the relative with the biggest mouth.

  • You tell your friends how to rebel against their parents when you can't stay out past midnight.

  • You ask your dad a simple question and he tells you a story of how he had to walk miles just to get to school with no shoes. 

  • You're 6'2", can bench press 325 pounds, shave twice a day, but you still cry when your mother yells at you.

  • Your uncle owns a restaurant, has $300,000 in the bank, but still drives a '76 Monte Carlo.

  • You are a card-carrying V.I.P at more than 3 dance clubs.

  • At least 5 of your cousins live on your street.

  • All 5 of those cousins are named after your grandfather.

  • There are more than 28 people in your bridal party.

  • You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every day for an entire year after a funeral... or their entire life!

  • Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting papou (Grandpa) and yiayia (Grandma) or extended family.

You've experienced the phenomena of 150 people fitting into 50 square feet of yard during a family cookout.

  • You thought killing the lamb each year and having feta, tzatziki and olives on your dinner table was absolutely normal.

  • You learned to play tavli(backgammon) before you went to school.

  • You thought that talking loud was normal.

  • You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives. 

  • Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family no matter what their age.

to be continued.....

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  1. Hi Vicky,
    This is amusing and interesting. Congratulations on being featured on the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  2. Hi! New follower via GFC from the Thumping Thursday blog hop! Would love it if you could swing by and follow back when you get a sec!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

    1. Hi Kristy! Thanks for following! I'll swing by, of course!

  3. Hahahahahaha! Too funny! Happy to be a new follower!

    1. Thanks Tabetha, for following as well! I'll stop by, too!

  4. Funny stuff... and oh-so-true... will have to share this with our Greek friends!

    Congrats on being featured at Thumping Thursdays!

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

  5. I'm not Greek, but am married to one! Just added myself as a follower. Stop by and see my at

  6. Ha, ha, ha.....
    Now I have to explain to my boss why I was laughing that loud!

    1. Don't blame me if you get in trouble at work! Hahaha!!!!

  7. I once had a wonderful secretary who was Greek - this now explains why she was so special! Thanks for the education: will keep it in mind the next time I come across someone like you!

    Isobel: and fellow guest on the blog hop!

  8. I'm glad you found all this interesting and entertaining! They are true, believe me!!!!

  9. Hello, I added you to my G+. I found you from the Thumping Thursdays Blog hop.

  10. I love the Greek Culture. I love the family values and and and Food, DUh.


  11. This made me giggle. Now I want to watch "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" ;) I'm so glad you found me at the Blog Hop. After reading this I feel like I've been missing out on a lot of fun and humor! haha

  12. Hahaha! Oh, this is hilarious and so true!! Having lived in Greece, I can relate. Thank you for cheering me up today with this wonderful read.

  13. LOL! Loved this! But you have to admit it is a lot of fun being Greek. :-) Makes me a little jealous sometimes.

  14. Vivky, I love how much of your culture revolves around family. You would never feel alone. I read part two before part one, but I get the gist of it. I hope you are well and smiling,