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 verbal emotional expression used frequently during celebrations such as weddings or dancing in Greece.[1] In Greek culture, the expression sometimes accompanies purposeful or unintentional plate smashing.[2] It can also be used to express shock, especially when having just made a mistake.


  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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