Sunday 2 October 2011

Greek Language Alert: Στρουθοκαμηλίζω

Friday night I learned of the presence of a new verb in the Greek language, thanks to Mega TV. This is στρουθοκαμηλίζω, which can perhaps be translated as “I am ostriching”, i.e. acting like an ostrich.

The verb was used in reference to the Greek government’s unwillingness to implement structural reforms. Στρουθοκαμηλίζει η κυβέρνηση.

This verb is apparently not new: it is applied on a non-partisan basis dating back at least to 2003. However, I have yet to actually see an ostrich sticking its head in the sand. 

Now you know.

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1 comment:

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