Greek with a …”black” background.

One of the most popular colours is black. As a colour, it symbolizes the absence of colours and also darkness, fear and death.
It is a strict colour which inspires stability and seriousness. For all the above reasons it is used mainly with a negative meaning in phrases and proverbs. Here you can find some of these phrases, very common ones and also characteristic of Greek everyday’s life :


“Black” expressions in the Greek language.

Our black mess: it describes a very bad situation or a period in life (at work, personally etc).

I’m in my blacks: I’m not in the mood.

I have black midnight: I have no idea.

The black truth: the unpleasant and sad truth.

Black time and moment: a common way to damn a moment which was the beginning of big troubles.

I throw a black stone behind me: this is said when somebody leaves from a place he never wants to return to.

I will paint them black (or I’ll get dressed in black): An ironic way to say that something may be important for others but is completely indifferent to you.

I’m blackening someone in the elections: expression of disapprovement for a politician.

The black sheep: the one who should be blamed, the one responsible for a bad situation…

My heart became black: I was very sorry about something.

Black market: Unacceptably high profiteering.

I see everything black: I’m very pessimistic, I see nothing positive

I shed black tears: I cried from depth of my heart.

Black news: very bad news.

Our eyes became black until seeing you: it’s such a long, long time we haven’t seen you.

Black snakes surrounded me: Νegative thoughts and feelings filled my mind.

Black is the night in the mountains: an expression which is used very commonly when we want to show that somebody is out of reality or that a situation is very bad.

Black money: Illegal money.

Black humor: bad or negative sense of humor.

Black hole (economy): cash deficit, a system of opacity that can make public money disappear.


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