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Greek Terms of Endearment?

looking for phrases and words for terms of endearment within family, like between a father or mother and son, and grandmother or grandfather and grandson. like common household words or phrases that would be used in a greek/english speaking household, what kids call parents and grandparents, and what they call their children and grandchildren etc. for a book, if that makes a difference, so not the actual greek spelling and letters but the way you would write it in english. thanks!

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Angelic Christoforos
"Re" (like saying "hey you" so it's a bit rough in way). Trust me, this is probably the most common word in the majority of Greek households. It isn't very "endearing", but it's the reality of what's being said. "Paidi mou"/"paidaki mou" (my child) is pretty common and nicer - even children will say this to their parents (yeah, a child calling his/her parent "my child"). "Manari mou" (my little lamb) is a nice one too.

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Lite xoxo
Angelic has given you some good answers.. my mum always says to me- 'kopela mou'..means my girl in a sentence.. 'kalo taxidi kopela mou' -have a good trip my girl

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PANDORA Πανδ?ρα Χρ?νια Πολλά
'Matakia mou' is another one, which means 'My eyes' 'Agapi mou - 'My love' Yiayia (giagia) is grandmother but in my family we say 'Yiayoula' and 'Papouli' for grandfather which are both more loving.

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Airpole.
Most of the Greek endearment words or phrases sometimes are almost meaningless unless you take into consideration the way they are said and intoned and most importantly to whom they are said to. Kardia mou, matakia mou, kouklara mou, agapi mou, agapoula mou, are some of the most common endearments between couples, let alone those made with the use of some animal names. E.G. I was called skiouraki mou, arkoudaki mou, koalica or koala mou. Mostly names of furry animals. Giagia , giagiaka, giagioula and papou, papouli, papoulaki is what my grand daughter calls my wife and me using the giagioula and papoulaki ones especially when she wants to get something out of us. I use kopella mou or kopellara mou to my niece and my God-daughter, and sometimes other people that I feel I can get away with it.

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Least Favourite Martian
1. "Yassou reh malaka", is, the 'international passport' (the most commonly used language) for Greek 'yutes' greeting one another. 2. Whilst on holiday in Ierapetra many years ago, this stunning Anglo-Irish lady (sitting at the next table) asked me to explain to her (provided that I understood and spoke Greek) the exact meaning of words "little moon" and "big moon." My Answer: "A little moon is known as 'moonaki.' Big moon is a 'moonara.'" 23 years later, we are still together!


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