It might sound crazy, but this is one of the many superstitions in which Greeks indulge.
Generations upon generations of Yiayias have been predicting the future of family members by looking at the coffee stains of their Eliniko café (Greek coffee).
DO NOT marry a Greek man and move into the apartment on the floor above his mother.
Rules 1 and 2 are the most important because it is virtually guaranteed that as the wife of a Greek man, you will despise all mothers-in-law in no time flat.
Wooing a Greek man can take time and effort but if you are willing to go the distance, your rewards will be greater than King Midas’ stash of gold. COOK WELL: To most Greek men, a woman’s place is in the kitchen and if you can find the key to his stomach, you will have no problem unlocking the key to his heart.
Although it goes without saying that your cooking will never match up to his mother’s culinary skills, being a whizz in the food department will definitely get his tongue drooling. DRESS APPROPRIATELY: Men are very visual creatures and Greek men in particular take great pride in showing off their shiniest, glossiest, most expensive belongings.
The action normally follows the words of some form of disbelief.
Spitting for the Greek culture is a way of detracting any form of evil presence, taking the jinx off something and basically not tempting fate."Mum, my new job is going really well! " Mum to me: "You look so beautiful in that dress" Me: "Ftiseeeeee Maaaaaa! When we have instinct to spit, to 'protect' someone and we don't spit, it doesn't feel right. So careful we have the equivalent of fourteen eyes. In particular, my Gran's favourite move: the thigh slap.
There are other superstitions just as prevelant in Greek families such as the evil eye, or ‘Mati.’ It is believed that someone can cast the evil eye onto another person out of envy (either good or bad) and jealousy.
You are said to be ‘matiasmenos’ (the evil eye has been cast upon you) if you are dizzy or have a headache and yawn a lot.
The good news is that you can have the ‘spell’ broken by someone who knows how to do a special ritual done with oil, water and prayers.
Or even when a Greek is supporting his/her favourite sports team, but they're losing? It's not always used aggressively, insultingly or angrily, but essentially endearingly.
And nope, it's not everyone's name, it actually means 'wanker'.