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A Cypriot nouveau riche


If you prefer, the Cypriot equivalent to Mrs Malaprop* but with much, much more money and in all probability much, much less intelligence.  The only difference is that what Mrs Malaprop intended to say was possibly appropriate to the conversation.   

Some have described the phenomenon less kindly as Dame Edna Everage on steroids and locked in a perpetual "blonde moment".

Thus we see that the zoppo is wildly inappropriate in thought and deed, understanding little or nothing of reality whilst preserving an air of "savoir faire" jaw-droppingly at odds with their actions. Its all about cast-iron but entirely misplaced confidence based on access to money.
For example, if you comment on the impending extinction of the Jaguar in the wild, they will observe that their son has a Jaguar, two in fact, and the only wild thing about them is their fuel consumption. But they can afford it anyway because he did so well in the stock exchange.

If a fachimenos will tolerate being beaten with a brick as long as you can convince them the brick was hand crafted by Atelier Georgio Armani © and how in Milan they are all doing it, even Sylvester Stallone, the zoppo will try to buy the brick from you afterwards and then have it gold plated.
Their eternally inappropriate quest for the supposed trappings of success and superiority leads to gaffs of mammoth proportions both architecturally and economically.

So if ever you are desirous of selling someone an insurance write off immediately after the fire department have extinguished it and cut out the remnants previous owner, go and find a zoppo.

Just remember to convince them it was actually the car James Dean died in and they will not only snap it up but they will restore it to it's full 1955 Porsche glory even if it was only a 1981 Austin Allegro to begin with.
Subsequently they will attempt to make you the butt of barbed remarks because you do not have one just the same.
Two weeks later their fachimenos son will probably steal the keys and crash it some more.


*"She's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile" and "He is the very pineapple of politeness" are two of the statements from the mouth of Mrs. Malaprop that helped her name become synonymous with ludicrous misuse of language. Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals, produced in 1775, consistently uses language "malapropos", that is, inappropriately.