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The Boukouraiika Language, i.e. The Tailor’s Dialect

The boukouraiika was the inside language of tailors. According to the high school headmaster Christos Soulis “the language was familiar in Schoretsana, Kataraktis and known to 200 families, in addition to to the south side of Tzoumerka. There the tailor’s dialect spread to the tailors of Valtos, Xiromero and Epirus.” The writer himself mentions in his article a testimony of an elderly tailor, Demetrios Ntilza and resident of Schoretsana, who describes the origin of this peculiar professional dialect.

“Here in Schoretsana I learnt the dialect from my grandparents. The tailors of Schoretsiana created this language so that others wouldn’t understand them. Most words were taken from the Vlach language because our grandparents learnt their craft from the Vlachs from Syrrako and Kalarrytes. Other words were taken from other languages. When I was in Corfu I heard some foreigners chatting and realised they were using the same terms as us tailors. We had this language so that our customers wouldn’t understand us.”

Christos Soulis, The boukouraiika of Tzoumerka on the tailor’s dialectical language in Schoretsana of Tzoumerka, Chronicles of Epirus, Volume C 3 (1928).