Monday, 26 August 2013

WHAT IS 'IT' THAT THE GREEKS HAVE A WORD FOR?

Did you know...

The phrase, 'The Greeks Had a Word for It' (see my last-post-but-one) was coined by American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, poet and screenwriter, Zoƫ Akins whose show with that title opened on Broadway on 25 September, 1930.

The play – a comedy about three young 'gold diggers' on the hunt for wealthy men – was optioned as a film by Twentieth Century Fox in 1932 with Joan Blondell, Madge Evan and Ina Claire.


The title – changed to The Greeks Had a Word for Them – proved too scurrilous and suggestive for the American film censors and was amended to the safe (and dull) Three Broadway Girls.

In 1953, the play became the basis for another film that, despite having no reference to the Greeks, is still fondly remembered...


So, that's the origin of 'The Greeks Had a Word for It'.

As for what 'It' is,  I'm sure I can safely leave that to your imagination...

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