The Joys of Kamάki!

Back in the 70’s-80’s there were whole groups of Greek men that systematically flirted with women almost as a sport. They were not exactly gigolos, but more like flirty men who women would treat to drinks and gifts in return for their “services’. These men were known as kamάκια after the word for harpoon (kamaki).

Today the kamaki sport has calmed down considerably and nowadays, when we speak of kamakia, we usually mean the annoying waiters that try to drag people into their restaurants.

Kano kamaki, means I do harpooning, and is more or less a different way of saying that you are flirting but perhaps a bit more aggressively. If you are ever subject to this here is a list of very probably things the flirtatious man might call you:

Agapi mou – my love

Asteri mou – my star

Matia mou – my eyes

Manari mou – my lamb

Koukla mou – my doll

Kardia mou – my heart

So, my loves, stars, eyes, lambs, dolls and hearts. Until next week keep flirting but watch out for the kamakia!

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One Response to “The Joys of Kamάki!”

  1. Len Says:

    One of my many embarassing moments while holidaying in Skiathos for the umpteenth time was saying to our host that we were going to make “kalamaki” that evening!! Got a bit mixed up with kamaki and calamari!! ha ha!

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