Greek Proverbs


Κόρακας κοράκου μάτι δε βγάζει

“The crow does not take the eye out of another crow.”

  • Meaning: People who are the same do not hurt each other.
  • English equivalent: Hawks will not pick out Hawk’s eyes.
  • Shqiptaro-Greke (1999). Albanohellenica. Albanian-Greek Philological Association. p. 22.

Η γλώσσα κόκαλα δεν έχει, αλλά κόκαλα τσακίζει.

“The tongue has no bones, yet it crushes bones.”

  • English equivalent: The pen is mightier than the sword.
  • Venizelos (1867). Paroimiai dēmōdeis. Ek tou typographeiou tēs “Patridos”. p. 95.

Καλή ζωή, κακή διαθήκη

“Good life, bad testament.”

  • Implying that most likely, you will leave little in your will by living a good life.
  • Chakkas (1978). Hapanta. Kedros.

Ο πνιγμένος, από τα μαλλιά του πιάνεται

“The drowning man grips to his own hair.”‘

  • Meaning: A person in a desperate situation will try the most desperate measures.
  • English equivalent: A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
  • Κριαρας (2007). Αλλελωγραφιαδυο:. ΕκδοσειςΠολυτυπο. p. 33.
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Lederhosen and Inverted Snobbery‏


Lederhosen are breeches made of leather; they may be either short or knee-length. Formerly, lederhosen were worn for hard physical work; they were more durable than a fabric garment and easier to clean. Today, they are mostly worn as leisure wear.

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A so-called Knopflatz Lederhose

Lederhosen were once widespread among Germanic men of the Alpine and surrounding regions, including Bavaria, Austria, and the German-speaking part of Italy’s province of South Tyrol, but they were not usually worn in south-western Germany or Switzerland.

The popularity of lederhosen in Bavaria dropped sharply in the 19th century. They began to be considered as uncultured peasants’ clothing that was not fitting for modern city-dwellers. However, in the 1880s a resurgence set in, and several clubs were founded in Munich and other large cities devoted to preserving traditional rural clothing styles. After this time, traditional wear such as the lederhosen became an object of inverted snobbery as the upper classes began to hold festivities in a remade traditional atmosphere and dressed up as peasants.

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The last stand at Jalalabad

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In 1627, Barbary pirates from the Ottoman Empire – also called corsairs – kidnapped 400-800 Icelanders and took them back to Africa to sell as slaves.

One of Switzerland’s cantons, Appenzell Inner-Rhoden, did not allow women to vote until 1991 when the federal tribunal imposed women’s vote. Switzerland was created in 1291, over 700 years ago.

Northern Michigan has such a large Finnish population because firstly, the climate is similar to Finland and secondly, the copper mines provided plenty work for Finnish mineworkers emigrating to the United States in the late 1800s.