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κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα

κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα!

Say it after me – Katatraya stayeftika!- meaning – “There is trouble in the Gypsy village!”

It also means “Who gives a shit?” or “Who cares?”

I think that’s a wonderful launching point for this glorious mid-week.

Put your life into context every once in a while.  When presented with an issue, a problem, an annoyance – when you’re cut off in traffic or someone flips you off…when you’re pressed for time (but no amount of rushing will change the fact that you’re going to be late) – κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα!

When your friends come to you with petty gossip, or when you are the subject of petty gossip yourself; when you make a little less impact on the world than you thought you would when you were a younger human being…κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα!!

Taken literally, one sees that the trouble in the Gyspy village as literally (sorry Gypsies) beneath one.  The village is over there, down the hill, their problems are not ours and won’t spill over into our lives – so who really gives a shit?  Let them sort it out.  So yes, it has a horrible, racist origin and retains the stain of that provenance, but many wonderful things in life do.  Think of how excited you all were when we landed a robot car on Mars!  You can thank Nazi rocket scientists for giving us the leg up.

So I encourage the Gypsies to make their own slur, to steal it and move on…and we’ll do the same, rather like Gypsies ourselves.

But the take back to your own village point is the same…start asking “Who gives a shit?” a little more often, especially when you’re upset or comforting a friend.  “There, there” is a good start, and the clucking noises of concern have their place, but when there’s really nothing for it, Mr. Frodo, just throw your hands up, throw you head back and laughingly declare:

κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα!!  Katatraya stayeftika!! 

And who gives a shit!?

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