Albeit not a dialect in its own right the way people speak Greek in Corfu is relatively fast and characteristically musical.

The Republic of Venice dominated Corfu for nearly five centuries until 1797.

By the end of the 15th century, the influence of the Italian language and culture assumed a predominant role in the island.

Until the second half of the 20th century the Veneto da mar was spoken in Corfu, and the local Greek language assimilated a large number of Italian and Venetian words, many of which are still common today. 

 

Here are just a few of the more well known ones:

 

Armari Cupboard very similar to Italian armadio.

Bizoloto A local siesta or the equivalent of forty winks.

Corses Running.

Daraveri An exchange between people.

Koutsouli Goat droppings.

Laou laou The local version of syga syga or piano piano meaning slowly slowly.

Morozos The lover.

Scarpinia Shoes.

Partsinevelos The boss.

Pitsikamortis The undertaker.

 

Try throwing some of these around whilst on holiday in Corfu to see what reaction you get and if you know of any others please let us know!

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