The Greeks Had a Word for It



  • The title of a play by the US poet and playwright ZoëAkins, first produced in 1929. The phrase was originally includedin the dialogue but was retained only as the title of the final version.The word alluded to is ετερo (hetero,other, different), describing certain characters in the play withrather outlandish personalities; it is not a reference to their sexualproclivities. The phrase became popular in the 1930s, when it wasused of anything unusual or unconventional.