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|"Cupid the Honey Thief"|
it all began.
In the Egyptian Heliopolitan Ennead Cosmogony, the creation was attributed to Atum, a self-engendered god, and the source of all the elements and forces in the world. Atum brought the air god Shu and his sister Tefnut into life by sneezing and spitting the two from his own face, respectively. The fascinating part of this myth is that the story describes how Atum gets his phallus on his hands, comes into orgasm, and thus; creating the first gods. Yes, you read right, it all started with a wank, and nobody blinked an eye about it until our Lord the Savior and his siblings, came into the game.
Every time someone calls me from Greece, my wife looks at me with a joyful anticipation and waits until I drop the M-Word, ..and smiles when I spread my Greekness all over the house, by gracefully calling my good friends Malaka. Many would wonder; isn't this supposed to be a curse word or something like that‽ Well; the answer is yes; at least this is what most people know. The term became popularised through the Greek omogenia that immigrated at the eve and mid 20th century and settled mostly in Great Britain, Australia, Germany and the United States. Those people worked in the industrial branch or held self-owned restaurants, and because of their interaction with colleagues and customers, the word quickly got introduced and eventually recognised. In some neighbourhoods in New York, Munich, Melbourne, and Toronto; the word is actually used by the native people respectively.
Louis Jean Francois Lagrenée
Most people in the western world know the term, but very few actually know what exactly it means and where the word comes from. The noun is in use since antiquity, and would target men that fled from battle, or avoided it completely because of their scarcity in bravery and moral strength, thus; calling out cowardice and desertion. The expression would keep its initial meaning until late 12th century when the Byzantine society would redefine the idiom, and inextricably associate it with the act masturbation. The reason for above is that a "soft" person in character, would lack the required aggression to claim sexual intercourse, therefore; masturbate out of necessity. The above-mentioned, in combination with the adolescents' natural urge for masturbation due to their higher amount of hormones, created a stereotype for juveniles and became synonym to the most characteristic features of young boys; ignorance, naivety, lack of experience and sophistication, and immaturity; resulting ultimately in the metaphorical meaning of being an idiot.
Fast forward to present day, the expression has kept its initial denotation in some cases but has seen the addition of plenty other meanings, that most of them have a negative use. In praxis; the word is used very rarely as "masturbator", because of the social prejudice in modern-day Greece; sexual stimulation of one's own genitals and other taboos regarding sexuality are a big no-no; so the word is being used in all its other variants. The most common applications of both noun and adjective, are in situations that show clumsiness, naivety, stupidity, being difficult to get along with, or a bad character.
Here; is important to mention that the Greeks, give great importance to logic, reason, and intelligence as vertues; and criticize in a strict tone people's sayings and acts, that indicate their absence. To understand of the gravity of the above for the Hellenic world; is good enough to mention that the worst possible curse words or insults that someone can say to a Greek; would be to call him silly, stupid, or doubt his intelligence. This is a trait since Hellenic antiquity, where the worst of all insults that someone could do, was to indicate someone as a moron, coward, or -Gods forbid- call him "non-Greek"; thus, an uncivilised brute barbarian altogether, and this is exactly why the word has such popularity in the ordinary Greek life.
|"La Mort de Sardanapale"|
Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix
Not because he will appreciate your friendly efforts, but because you will automatically be considered as a moron. ₪
a.3 ∴ Moron ‣ Latin ∴
a.2 ∵ Moron ‣ Euboean Hellenic ∵
a.1 ≝ Μωρόν • ΜΩΡΟΝ /ˈmɔːɹɒn/ ‣ Hellenic Koine ∵ ☛ "foolish", "dull", "stupid"
☛ Literally "baby"
|"Venere di Urbino"|
☛ Tip: Most Greeks, from ancient times to date, never had ethnic feelings to Hellas as a country on its whole; but were, and still are sectionalists; loving only their city.
The meaning of "barbarian" would come after the sound of foreign languages (var-var), something that to the sensitive on linguistic issues Hellenes, would seem as lack of lingual elegance, hence uncivilised. The Greeks always had great hostility amongst them, and would insult each other as the rest as non-Greeks.