Greek sayings are known to be witty and humorous, sometimes a bit naughty but always very, very true!
They are used to traditionally describe every aspect of our lives, from birth to death and they extract valuable lessons learned by the Greeks since, oh well… forever!
Wedding-Related Greek Sayings
Here are 5 Greek sayings about weddings and married life:
Greek: “Το λέω στη νύφη για να το ακούσει η πεθερά”
Greeklish: To leo sti nifi gia na to akousi i pethera
English: I am telling the bride for the mother in law to hear
Picture this: You are in the kitchen, in your mom’s house and you are drinking coffee and eating cookies with your mom and mother in law. Your mother in law makes a mess and all the cookie crumbs fall on to the floor.
What would your mom do? Speaking as a true Greek she would probably yell at YOU for making a mess on the floor with all the cookie crumbs. Yes, yes, you! She couldn’t possibly yell at your mother in law, could she? But by giving you the blame, your mother in law will hear this and be more careful without directly being offended. Smart.
Greek: “Όλα του γάμου δύσκολα κι η νύφη γκαστρωμένη”
Greeklish: Ola tu gamu diskola ke i nifi gastromeni
English: Everything in this wedding is difficult and the bride is knocked up
This saying is based on the rumor that pregnant women can be needy and demanding. (Just rumors, nothing official here…
For example you are at work and you are dealing with a very challenging project, lots of hours to work and lots of tension. You are working all day, running around like crazy and suddenly you boss comes storming in your office yelling at you for a completely unnecessary and minor reason. Now you have a busy schedule and you also have a cranky boss! Well, in this case the Greeks would say that your boss is a “knocked up bride”.
Greek: “Έκλασε η νύφη, σχόλασε ο γάμος”
Greeklish: Eklase i nifi, scholase o gamos
English: The bride has farted, the wedding is off
Obviously it’s always the bride’s fault… and in this case there is one naughty bride! This saying is used for situations where something major and unexpected happens and an event is canceled.
A very simple example: You and your 5 friends are arguing over which movie you want to watch at your local cinema. The conversation is long and nasty when finally you decide on the film. You head to the movies only to find out that it’s renovating and will be closed for a couple of days. Oh well, that’s it, the bride has farted, the wedding is off!
Greek: “Σα θέλει η νύφη και ο γαμπρός τύφλα να χει ο πεθερός”
Greeklish: Sa theli i nifi ke o gambros tifla na echei o petheros
English: If the bride and groom want to, the father in law has no saying
I think someone got this saying all wrong. I mean usually the father in law is pretty condescending. It is the mother in law who should have “no saying” over a wedding – no judging though!
This Greek saying describes situations where people go against the world to achieve what they really want.
Greek: “Εσύ θα πληρώσεις τη νύφη”
Greeklish: Esi tha plirosis ti nifi
English: You will pay the bride
Weddings tend to be costly and let’s be honest now, brides are the ones responsible for hosting a very expensive (or not) wedding. So in this saying the wedding costs are seen as a punishment.
Say that you have had a veeeery long day at work, everything has gone wrong and you are frustrated. You call your best friend and begin venting about your terrible day. After you explain all the crappy details, your friend starts a “prep talk” on how you should be more this and more that. You friend makes it feel like your fault everything that went wrong today at work.
Has this happened to you before? Next time your friend refuses to sympathise with you about your whining and complaints just say are about to release a day’s tension on your friend? No need. Just say: “Oh shut up or else you’ll pay the bride!”
Do you know any other Greek sayings?
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