If you were offended by the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" then this page is not for you. If on the other hand, you sat in a crowded theatre and noticed that there were two waves of laughter; one before the punch line from those of us raised as First-Generation Greek-Americans (we knew what was coming next and laughed in anticipation); and the second after the punch line from everyone else, you will most likely get a laugh or two here.
You know you are a First-Generation Greek-American if...
Submitted 1/8/2011 by Sylvia in NH
- you find out the soup you had for lunch is really called "lentil soup" you find out cupaki, stampa, and frigereta are not greek words. when going to the airport to pick up yiayia requires the entire extended family even the kubari.
Submitted 9/8/2010 by Vicky in MT
- almost all your uncles are named George.
Submitted 5/29/2010 by Phillip in CA
- If you didn't come fast enough when called your Mother or Grandmother would threaten and then throw a slipper at you.
Submitted 5/13/2010 by Richard in IL
- You forgot to add the names Yorgo/George to the male relatives that EVERY family has.
- You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every day for an entire year after a funeral...or their entire life!
- You spent your entire childhood thinking what you ate for lunch was pronounced "sangwich."
- You ate peaches and yogurt long before "fruit at the bottom" became popular.
- "Straaumbeeries" was your favorite fruit.
- Your family dog understood Greek.
- Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and extended family.
- You've experienced the phenomena of 150 people fitting into 50 square feet of yard during a family cookout.
- You were surprised to discover the FDA recommends you eat three meals day, not seven.
- You thought killing the lamb each year and having feta, tsatsiki and olives on your dinner table was absolutely normal.
- You were teased by your classmates for bring Easter eggs to school a month after Easter. Aren't they rotten yet?
- You grew up thinking no fruit or vegetable had a fixed price and that the price of everything was negotiable through haggling.
- You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.
- You thought everyone's last name ended in a "is".
- You thought nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.
- Your mom's main hobby is cleaning.
- You were surprised to find out that wine was actually sold in stores.
- You never knew what to expect when you opened the margarine, after all you thought washing out and reusing margarine containers was normal.
- You thought Orthodoxy was the only religion in the world.
- You thought every meal had to be eaten with a hunk of bread in your left hand.
- Your grandmother never threw anything away. You thought seeing washed plastic bags hanging on the clothes line was normal.
- You learned to play backgammon before you went to school.
- You have at least one relative who came over "on the boat" from "the old country."
- You have at least six male relatives named Nick, John, Peter or Kosta.
- You have relatives who aren't really your relatives.
- You drank wine before you were a teenager.
- You grew up in a house with a yard that didn't have one patch of dirt that didn't have a flower or a vegetable growing out of it.
- You thought that talking loud was normal.
- You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives.
- Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family no matter what their age.
- There was an icon in every room of the house, including the bathroom.