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. The expression is also used by Arabs in the Eastern Mediterranean, who sometimes pronounce it as "obah", especially when picking up or playing with children.

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  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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