Greece – The Moutza


Some people in America might be talking to someone, and stretch out their hand with an open palm to calmly say “No” or “Stop.” Don’t do that in Greece. Doing that is a traditional manual insult. It means, first, that you are shoving your hand in their face and saying something like, “Eat dirt!” (or a four letter word, starting with the letter “s”, that means “poop”), and telling them to leave you alone. The first time “the moutza” showed up was in the ancient years of Greece, where it was used as a curse. Now, “the moutza” is just a more rude way of saying, “Talk to the hand!”


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