Nerves, that is the kind of nerves from which one suffers rather than with which one feels sensation.
This nervous stress is curious in that unlike its European counterpart it readily divides into two groups, male nevra and female nevra.
1. Nevra (Female).
The claim Echo nevra (I have nerves) is seen by the claimant as the justification for a wide variety of alledgedly hysterically-motivated behaviour usually directed towards a specific end, such as queue jumping or disability benefits..
For example, if the "sufferer" is refused priority over her peers in a hospital waiting room, bank or indeed any situation where she is required to wait, pay, obey, admit/accept responsibility for her own actions or perform any other task that she perceives as onerous or otherwise disagreeable.
Performances vary based on the quality of the sufferer/artiste but generally it begins with a look of horrified shock followed by half a dozen totally aghast Panayia moo's and hyperventillation.
If these prove insufficient, she may favour watchers with a collapse onto the nearest chair of else a wooden legged stagger in its direction prior to collapsing.
The true professionals legs give way and they end up on the floor.
The breast may be beaten and/or the hair pulled. Wrenching open the neck of the clothing is much favoured and demanding to be sprinkled with water is popular.
Groups of similarly inclined amateur or professional hysterics will gather round to offer ineffectual help, sprinkle water, fan the affected brow with newspapers or else to sigh and shake their heads at the unreasonableness of the original request that provoked the paroxysm in the first place whilst monitoring the performance for pointers.
2. Nevra (male). The claim Echo nevra,ah! is seen by the claimant as the justification for a wide variety of aggressive behaviour usually directed towards a specific end.
For example, if the "sufferer" is refused priority over his peers in a hospital waiting room, bank or indeed any situation where he is required to wait, pay, obey, admit/accept responsibility for his own actions or perform any other task that he perceives as onerous or otherwise disagreeable.
The performance begins with an agressive look of horrified amazement and a variety of Di – di mou ebez re; (What, what did you tell me?) variations on a theme.
The sufferer will then start to tremble with what he thinks looks like an apparently uncontrollable fury whilst glaring in a fashion that he feels makes him look manic – eyes bulging, fingers clutching and head inclined to one side.
The initial nevra motif is repeated several times for emphasis with the occasional akooese; (you hear?) as additional punctuation.
Two endings are possible from here.
Either the sufferer will become violent (if he feels it is safe for him to do so) under the excessive stress produced by your demand that he move his car so you can move yours, stop pestering your wife/daughter/sister/mother for sex, apologise for poisoning your cat or produce his insurance after he rams you in his thiplowgambinon or else he will collapse clutching at his head claiming his blood pressure has escalated to the point where you are about to give him a stroke.
Attractive though this may sound, it is seldom true.
There is no fixed response to these episodes, however tempting the traditional swift slap or brisk kick to the groin may be to the uninformed observer.
Probably the best thing to do is to walk away – preferably to the airport – or else use all the fuss as cover to jump the queue yourself, grind your heel on their fingers “accidentally” whilst apparently helping them to their feet.
If the chance presents itself, consider setting fire to their thiplowgambinon (or Mercendes) in order to compare the previous performance with a hysteria that will at least be genuine.