2014-02-25 05:14:01An interesting dialogue gentlemen, which necessitates comment from me. Firstly, I AM of Greek heritage. I have lived in Greece and my current homeland. Secondly, the phrase 'gamoto' is used by me not as a profanity but as a symbol of 'wow' so to speak. In Greece, it is usually used in a funny way. I quote from a Wikipaedia entry I just found, which is fair comment:
In Greece and Cyprus re is often accompanied by a slang word or a profanity, such as gamoto or gamoti (γαμώτο or γαμώτη), meaning fuck!, an exclamation of fury, surprise or admiration that is considered vulgar. In 1992, in her first statement to the Greek journalists minutes after the 100 m hurdles race at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Voula Patoulidou, the surprise winner, dedicated her medal to her home country by saying "Για την Ελλάδα, ρε γαμώτο" (Gia ten Ellada, re gamoto! "For Greece, goddamit!"), a catchphrase that is still in use; it became emblematic in Greece, and was used and paraphrased in various occasions by the Greek mass media, satirists, Greek bloggers, and ordinary people.
I adopt all of the above with the exception of the words: "or a profanity".
@AnonymousRex - you are spot on!
@54, "this" Anna Vissi may not be very well known to you, but she is idolised in Greece. The Greek singing equivalent of Catherine Deneuve.
@BackinBlack your comment "Even @Grik cleaned up his behaviour some after Eli landed on him with both feet and suspended him for a while." Point of order - the reason Eli suspended me was for specific postings I did on a limited line of subjects which a certain race of people would have found offensive. It wasn't in the mainstream of subjects we all usually commented on.
As for the well intended counselling of SHRED and his use of the word 'gamoto'. I suspect SHRED doesn't even know what it really meant??? SHRED?
Grik ranked Anna Vissi's feet as ★★★★★(beautiful feet)