(Greece) – Tropical Storm Malakas is making its way towards Japan from the Philippines, but social media in Greece is buzzing over the storm’s name! Although Malakas actually means storm in Tagalog, the language that is spoken in the Philippines, it has another meaning entirely in Greek. In fact, Malaka is difficult to translate from one language to the other but it can be used to mean “wanker” or “someone who has no common sense.” Once news of the tropical storm reached Greece, people took to social media to make references to the storm.
On Twitter, #Malakas is currently trending as people from all over the country are eager to make witty comments referencing the storm and their own cultural understanding of the word. The same is true for people of Greek descent who live in other parts of the world.
What types of things are people saying? Well, just about anything to reference the similarities between the name of the tropical storm and a common Greek slang word. Here are some snippets from Twitter about the types of innuendos referencing the storm:
Joking aside, the storm actually does look like it’s pretty serious. It’s currently gaining speed and strength and could be upgraded to a typhoon. By the time it reaches Japan, it could cause some serious damage. The storm started off as a tropical depression and originated about 650 miles off the coast of the Philippines and isn’t showing signs of slowing down yet.
Australian Greek Comedian, Nick Giannopoulos, also made some comments of his own. Through his unique brand of comedy, he reminds us all that although it is pretty funny that the storm is named after a popular Greek word, it is also pretty serious, especially for those who worry that the storm will cause some serious damage to their homes:
However, people who know what Malakas really means can’t help but chuckle. According to Twitter, as of 1 PM on Thursday, September 16, 2016, #Malakas had been trending for nine hours in Greece.