Opa! (Greek expression)

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"Opa" exclaimed by a waiter in a Greek restaurant in Chicago while lighting saganaki on fire

"Opa!" (Greek: Ώπα) is a common Greek emotional expression. It is frequently used during celebrations such as weddings or traditional dancing.[1] In Greek culture, the expression sometimes accompanies purposeful or accidental plate smashing.[2] It can also be used to express shock or surprise, especially when having just made a mistake. Opa is also used by Israelis and by Arabs in the Eastern Mediterranean, who sometimes pronounce it as "obah", especially when picking up or playing with children. The expression was popularized in American culture by the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.


  1. ^ Pattakos, Alex (17 May 2015). "Everybody Say 'OPA!'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ Regula, deTraci. "Opa!". about.com. Retrieved 19 April 2015.

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