The period of Ottoman rule was a dark time for Greece. However, during that time and despite the rivalry that existed between the Greeks and the Turks, the Ottoman occupation had a profound impact on Greek society and language.
In addition, Turks and Greeks lived together for nearly a thousand years, as there was a massive Greek population on the Anatolian mainland.
This population was first reduced as a result of the population exchange agreement signed between Greece and Turkey after the Asia Minor catastrophe and resulted in the uprooting of all Greeks in modern Turkey (and Turks in Greece) from where many of them had lived for centuries.
Common words in the Greek and Turkish language
Today, we can find more than three hundred Turkish words that are used daily in the Greek language. Let’s take a look at some of these.
|buzuki||bozuk||regional musical instrument|
|kaimaki||kaymak||the creamy part of the milk|
Greek words in the Turkish language
However, there are also several Greek words that have been adopted into Turkish. These words have either passed into the Turkish language directly from Greek or through another language e.g. French or English.
|efendi||afendis (ancient gr. afthendis)||boss|
|kanape||Canapés (ancient gr. konops=mosquito)||couch|
Despite their proximity as neighbors and many shared elements in terms of food, music, and culture, Turks and Greeks are often perceived as enemies rather than friends.
On the world stage, Turkey and Greece seem to constantly butt heads, but do Turks and Greeks themselves harbor animosity toward their neighbors?
Despite political tensions, Turks and Greeks, who are both known for their generosity, warmth, and welcoming spirit, seem to have much more in common than many would believe.