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    29 Things You Only Understand If You Grew Up Greek In Australia

    Being Alpha is all you know.

    1. You cringed at the accuracy of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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    But secretly couldn't wait to watch the second one.

    2. Your last name ends in s, o, or u.

    3. You watched everyone else get chocolate for Easter, while you got discounted, stale chocolates a month later.

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    4. Sunday roasts were a lamb on the spit.

    Souvlakis galore.

    5. And your version of Tim Tams was your yiayia’s biscuits.

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    Only made in bulk.

    6. Your yiayia didn’t know the meaning of "I’m full" (whether she spoke English or not).

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    7. Your papou watered his concrete.

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    Even during water restrictions.

    8. The first word you learnt at Greek school was "Malaka".


    It's also the only word your non-Greek friends know.

    9. The term “youse” was grammatically correct, and referred to large crowds of relatives.

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    10. The only volume you knew was loud.


    And winning an argument was determined by who shouted more.

    11. You wore Adidas before Stan Smiths were in style.

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    12. You had this rubbed on your gums when you were teething.

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    13. You didn't have hamburgers, you had keftedes.

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    14. You’ve been on the "Mediterranean diet" your entire life.

    15. And you went to Greece before “European Summer” was a thing.

    Even though you spent the entire time with family, surrounded by goats.

    16. You had a "good lounge" and a "bad lounge".


    The good lounge was covered in plastic or white doilies.

    17. You've spent a fortune on waxing, lasering, plucking and shaving your body.

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    18. But it’s OK, because your eyebrows are flawless.

    19. The only thing you confessed at church was family gossip.

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    20. You had to explain why being spat on by a Priest was a blessing.

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    And you still can't understand why, either.

    21. You had a wedding, christening, or name day every week.

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    22. And each of those occasions was an excuse to remind you you're still single.

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    23. In every Greek magazine you read, John Stamos would feature.

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    Regardless of what he was actually doing in his career.

    24. You have this in your house somewhere.

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    Or some kind of Greek god.

    25. You've danced in a circle for three hours straight.

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    26. Your family goes with you EVERYWHERE.

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    27. But they are the best support you could ask for.

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    28. And have your back no matter what.

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    29. Especially if you're hungry.

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