Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.
Greece is a small European country with big financial problems.
Greece is known for its olives, minotaurs, gay party islands, marble statues, orgies and depressing economic outlook.
Greek Tragedy in 3 acts
1. Economic crisis hits. Greece asks for financial support from the EU.
2. In a generous act of European solidarity, Germany emphatically refuses.
3. Austerity measures are approved, to the delight of the people.
Greece is the word
‘It’s all Greek to me’: expression meaning ‘I don’t understand.’ Ex: The Greek economy is all Greek to me.
Greco-Roman wrestling: Greeks enjoy pillow fights with Romans. Highly erotic.
Greek sandwiches, meal of choice for the fat, lazy and engineers, are actually Turkish.
Zeus: Swallowed by father, escaped stomach, killed dad, married sister. And you think you’ve got problems?
Helen of Troy: ‘The face that launched a thousand ships’, according to Homer.
Plato: Enjoyed caves, republics, and non-sexual relationships.