Mypos is an island country
somewhere in the south-eastern Mediterranean*. While some
of the customs and dress may bring to mind traces of Greece, Mypos is not part
of Greece and has its own customs, dress and language. It differs even
from its closest neighbors: Skeptos to the west and Pathos to the east . . .
together the three form the Tri-Island Area.
The Myposian language is very
colorful but a little difficult to translate into English at times and even more
difficult to spell! There really aren't any references to Myposian
spelling. One might think "Ah! I'll just get the scripts for
the show and that will solve the problem!" Not so. More often
than not you'll simply find this reference . . . (Myposian word) . . . in the
spot where the words would go (with the exception of some shooting scripts in
which the writers were able to eventually insert the text). Myposian words were mostly the invention of
Bronson and/or Mark. Everyone has their own interpretation of how things
sound phonetically and should be spelled. I find that even now I want to
spell things differently than I used to. But flying in the face of all
reason I will endeavor to put together this Myposian Dictionary as a reference
page for fans. This is a work in progress, so keep checking back for more
Myposian! Oh yi yi yi . . . .
If you have a copy of a
shooting script which shows a different spelling for any of the words listed
below please let us know so we may correct them! Thank you!
- For anyone who may still be rifling through a world atlas trying to find it,
Mypos is a fictitious country.
ba! (interj.) - A scolding term, along the lines of "bad
dog!" Balki probably originally said this to his sheep when they
wreath (n.) - the traditional Myposian welcome wreath, made
from the beards of 100 unmilked goats
(n.) - sheep excrement; can refer to excrement in general, as in
"Cut the babasticki!"
bong binki ninki baklava (n.) - A Myposian pastry dish
bong poki noki waka yahoo (n.) - a game somewhat similar to
golf but played with fence posts and jagged rocks, plus there must be 28 players
on each team
Family Reunion and Jamboriki (n.) - an annual family reunion
of the Bartokomous family
(n.) - eel wrapped in grape leaves
(n.) - (also bibbi-babkas) the national dessert treat of Mypos.
According to legend the first bibbibabkas were baked by Ferdinand Mypos to
celebrate his ability to grow a moustache. (see Bibbibabka Ditty under
bingi - not really Myposian but this is what all Myposian sounds like
to Mr. Gorpley
Ratatatouille (n.) - the Myposian marriage necklace, part of
the Myposian marriage ceremony for centuries. It is placed around the
bride and groom before they give each other their vows to symbolize their
unity. If you marry without the necklace your marriage is doomed. (Be
sure to pronounce the touille part with a twist of the head to the left)
(n.) - the Myposians' ultimate weapon against "ducks" (or
(n.) - Dimitri. Well, at least that's what Balki told Larry to be
safe during a game of boochi tag. Is Dimitri really the boochi? The
world may never know!
tag (n.) - a Myposian game similar to tag, except players must
say "Boochi boochi boochi!" when tagging someone as "it"
(n.) - the time of year when all the Mypiot people shear the wool of
their sheep to sell to the wool buyer who comes to Mypos for only one day
(v.) - When said repeatedly as an order, such as "Bush bush bush
bush bush!" it's a kind of herding term encourage an animal (or person)
honey-roasted (n.) - the traditional travel food of Mypos (made
with aged goat spleen
and not to be ingested
with dairy products)
muckus (n.) - a by-product of swamp slime
(n.) - the currency of Mypos
hot lips (n.) - Hot and spicy goat lips, the traditional Myposian
grandparent welcoming dish
dabodega (n.) - a method of choosing brides for sons on Mypos,
similar to one potato two potato, eenie meenie miney moe or dip dip dip, my
little ship. The participants hold their fists together as the one who
counts uses one fist to tap the other three in succession, the fourth movement
being to slap the other person on both cheeks. The phrase goes "dimbodega
dimbodega habodega smak, bobodega dimbodega dimbodega hack . . . . " which
is as much as we ever hear.
- pig snout with saffron
(adj.) - electric
- A Myposian curse which has plagued the Bartokomous family for
generations. It brings instant death to anyone the cursed person touches.
The (n.) -
the Myposian Fib Furies, Eva, Magda and Zsa-Zsa, daughters of Vertosh, God of
Truth (and his lovely wife Succotash); you do not want to impose the Wrath of
the Gabuggis - each has a penetrating eye right in the middle of their
nosebridge and they punish those who dishonor truth by telling lies.
doodles (n.) - the traditional Myposian pre-wedding
snack. Best when served hairless
of a Thousand Quibbles, The (n.) - the headpiece worn by the
official negotiator on Mypos
pok ponk pa konk konk (n.) - the Myposian game where you
hit rocks with a stick
(adj.) - finished, done
tassels (n.) - decorative tassels (they look great on a tennis
(n.) - a sword used for dueling, invented by the Botulitis family
of Skeptos; (v.) dueling with such a sword
ba sik sik (n.) - pig stomach stuffed with head cheese and
just a pinch of cardamom (Note: since this recipe is mentioned during Larry's
Halloween nightmare it isn't clear whether it's a real Myposian recipe or simply
a figment of Larry's imagination)
Root (n.) - a Myposian root used to help relieve women from
the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy, grown in a special field at the foot of
Mount PMSocolous; NOT to be eaten by men or goats!
gastiki - (n.) - while the exact translation of this expression is
not known it seems to mean something like "excitement,"
"hullabaloo" or "brouhaha"
boozachmonk (n.) - pig bladder stuffed with cheese
Carvings - Figures carved by Hoogli Moogli, the famous Myposian
woodcarver. Hoogli and Balki are the only ones who have a complete set
each of the animal figures Hoogli made for the Myposian Zucchini Fest, a new one
every year. According to Balki, the animal's names are Zina, Zygote, Zasu,
Xyloo, Zulu and Zabar. (Some information from script only)
cookie (n.) - Not sure exactly what's in a Moo koo cookie but
it must be good, as Balki was thrilled to get one from his Mama (much more than
he was to receive a bride at the same time!)
loaf (n.) - A Myposian variation on meat loaf which includes
fresh ox tonsils.
chados stiki chiki bizzi buzz buzz (n.) - honey-glazed chicken,
Myposian style (the secret to the recipe is to cut the sweetness of the honey
with the tartness of yak bile)
(adv.) - no
(n.) - the lowest position in Myposian society, opposite of Primodopolos;
often have sticks and stones thrown at them (Plural - nebulopoli)
(n.) - the Myposian game the whole family can play, similar in a very
vague way to bowling
Doctor Ruthiki (n.) - a Myposian marriage counselor
(n.) - the equivalent of a penny in the Myposian currency
(n.) - the equivalent of a best man in the Myposian wedding
ceremony. The literal translation is "He who walks the groom up the
aisle and then does absolutely nothing."
stikki! Fig stikki! (interj.) - An expression of
po (interj.) - usually found at the front of a sentence, the
meaning varies greatly depending upon the inflection given; in a worried tone it
can mean "oh dear"; in a scoffing manner it can mean "oh come
on!"; in an enlightened manner it can mean "Ah ha!" A
general interjection which can be used in many ways. Often preceded with
Poknokís famous revolving credit
plan (n.) - Poknok the peddler devised a revolving credit plan
which simply entails strapping anyone who doesn't pay to a windmill
plant (n.) - blooms once per century on the north face of Mt.
Mypos. One should never try to quick-grow this plant unless they happen to
like women with moustaches
(n.) - the pods from this plant can cure the common cold
(n.) - a position of honor which can be bestowed upon someone after an
act of bravery; lay persons are then required to serve them and bask in their
glory (Plural - Primodopoli)
(adj.) - ridiculous
(n.) - static
stuki-mookie-ping-pong (n.) - a Myposian dish comprised of stewed
prunes and Lucky Charms
(n.) - dog (What did you think it meant? Table?)
Tomdicari Viciversi (grunt grunt) Gari (n.) - the term for a
Myposian auction; it literally translates to "One man's socks are another
Places and Livestock
Bartok - Balki's Myposian cousin who looks like he could be Balki's
twins; Bartok came to visit Chicago after stopping in Los Angeles and turning
into a complete "dude" (he preferred to be called Bart). He
later returned to Mypos to start a glow-in-the-dark sheep collar business.
- the Christmas (sea) turtle who returns to the Bartokomous family every year
- a 300 lb. sea turtle friend of Balki's who was sadly carried off by a
- a family from Skeptos which has been feuding with the Bartokomous family for
500 years over a horrible goat tragedy; one would be wise never to
insult any Botulitis' eyebrows
Botulitis - a member of the Botulitis family who came to American to
fight a duel with Balki. They already knew each other, having been bandage
boys at the last Bartokomous / Botulitis feud.
- the Myposian spiritual leader in the storybook days who created the first lint
painting when he spent 60 days and 60 nights on the mountain to contemplate his
- the bully on Mypos who used to steal Balki's lunch when Balki would cross Goat
Water Bridge to get to school.
- Balki's childhood dog
- The Great and Powerful Wizard of Mypos
- the Healer of Foot Fungus
- the God of Decisions who lives in the clouds attended by his guitar-playing
daughter, Dominiki-niki-niki. When Mypiots have an important decision to
make they climb to the top of Mt. Mypos and wait until they feel a tap on their
shoulder, then Destiniki turns them around three times and whispers his answer
in their ear, then they fall to their knees to give thanks.
the Butcher - a butcher who is sometimes mentioned in Balki's
stories from home
- Balki's stuffed sheep. There was a real Dimitri, a sheep Balki had
on Mypos; the finest, friendliest and fluffiest sheep in his flock. One
night Balki and Dimitri were on their nightly jog when Dimitri was killed when
he pushed Balki out of the way of a runaway ox-cart. Balki made the toy
Dimitri from the wool of the real Dimitri.
Epopaloo - Got out of his pre-arranged marriage to Mitchiboomba when
the ground opened up and swallowed him
Gorge of Greed, The - A chasm in Mypos which is said to have
been the sight of a tragedy where Velcros the tailor drowned after trying to
carry gold to his family on the other side and refusing to let it go.
(Parts from script only)
Wall of Mypos - We know very little about the Great Wall of Mypos
except for the fact it exists
Ferdinand - the King of Mypos (until he died during a visit to
- a neighboring island to Mypos. The inhabitants are known to travel to
Mypos to steal. As Balki put it, "A lovely island but those Kleptos .
. . maniacs."
- Balki's cousin who was kicked in the head by a goat at age eight and suffered
terrible headaches when he grew up . . . until Balki suggested he take off the
hat he'd been wearing since the goat-kicking incident because it was too
small. Kristos became the Surgeon General of Mypos.
- the Bartokomous family hen
Karadopolis - the bride from Pathos sent to America for Balki's
pre-arranged marriage, daughter of Chi-chi and Attila Karadopolis
- a gifted Myposian goat
- the Bartokomous family ox
Hoogli - A famous Myposian woodcarver who would carve a different
animal every year for the Myposian Zucchini Fest. See Moogli Carvings
under General Dictionary. (First name from script only)
- the oldest man on Mypos who lives on Mt. Mypos
- a guy on Mypos with a very good memory who takes the place of photo albums on
Mypos since there are no photographers. Whenever there is a fire, "Niki"
is the first thing they save.
- a pig-headed pig farmer on Mypos who couldn't admit that the prized pig he'd
bought was actually a dog in pig's clothing
Mousikako - a great Myposian accordion player whose brother Bimbo
funded his early career with stolen money, causing Oompo to play badly once he
found out, thereby ruining his career.
- the neighboring island country east of Mypos
Praxiteles - the finest artist on Mypos; Davros is such a devoted
artisan he carves only one cup a year
- Balki's fifth cousin, three times removed (and step-uncle to Larry's father on
Balki's mother side, two continents removed)
- the little village Balki is from
the Peddler - traveling salesman whose donkey is loaded down with all
kinds of wares, including pots and pans, dried herbs and sometimes even a
50" rear projection television set
the Butcher - an ancient ancestor of Balki's who in 1583 tried to
pass off yak's knuckles for pig knuckles which caused he enraged citizens to
march of to the Wizard of Mypos, who put a curse on Porkos and all his
descendents, causing them to get the Exterminiki Curse
Reva - the beautiful fairy princess that holds all the sleeping
people in her arms and protects them until morning
Salmonella - Balki's uncle who was named after the fish and the jazz
- the neighboring island country west of Mypos
Stavlos - Balki's uncle, married to Aunt Sophia
Stavros - Balki's uncle, who let Balki accompany him to do the Mypos
traffic report one time
- the stray dog Balki brought home to live in the cousins' Chicago apartment
- the Myposian God of Protection (note: since Teflonos is only mentioned during
one of Larry's dream sequences, chances are he is not a real Myposian deity)
Thriftos - Balki's uncle who dressed as a woman to get free soup
bones from Devo the Butcher
Tomopolos - the man who attempted to sheep vault over thirty-eight
sheep but only made it over thirty-seven. The footage of his failed
attempt was used at the opening of the Mypos' Wide World of Sports along with
the phrase, "The thrill of victory, the agony of the
- the plow horse Balki owned on Mypos which he raised from a baby
Uvula - Balki's aunt - All we know about her is she doesn't care
about a dowry
Vamvoomiki - owner of Vito Vamvoomiki's Video Land and Sheep Shearing
Verazonnos - the courier from Pathos who brought Balki a bride on his
Talki - the Myposian Speaker of the Hut of Representatives who
oversees the day-to-day running of Mypos and in his spare time he manages a
four-day tire store. Married to Chatti Kathi (aka Cookie.)
- Balki's sister (Note: in later seasons Balki would be an only child)
Biki - Balki's grandmother on his mother's side. She lived to
be 106 years old and passed away after getting off the plane in New York on her
way to visit Balki in Chicago.
- Balki's favorite goat on Mypos; also the name of his pet parrot (named after
Brothers Zakibatbat - the story of Mooki and Gringki, two brothers who
grew apart because Mooki was jealous of his brother's good fortune.
Zakibatbat - one of the greatest sheepherders of all time (not known
if he is related to the Brothers Zakibatbat)
Phrases and Expressions
bo sticki bada bedi ta taku." -
"He who hesitates sleeps with the goats."
bo deez dis ne nik nik machnif manilk nunk" - "Drink your
bottle, cry a little and let the milk dribble down your chin."
baltic bowaticki . . . biggi mooki, babasticki!" - "But for
me the ship has sailed."
po dimi baba naki, tyna dinki de ring dang dang." - "If
everyone knew how to herd sheep, there would be no one to write poetry."
biggi hochpadooie, och hoch biddi bat bat sticki." - "If
you spit into a windstorm you'd better carry an umbrella."
yodi vy zwicki, oh po sticki picki ticki." - "If you let
your hair down, you might be surprised what you find in it."
fongi lavi, andri baba dravi, och po po po lopi, just donít be so dopi."
- When a man is rinsing out his underwear, don't drop by.
do da profoundo diggi, achi baba ya chup chup piggi." - He who lies
falls into a deep pit."
yi yi yi . . . youki biggi mooki!" - Essentially this translates
to "Oh boy, you're such a big fool!" Balki usually says this to
Cousin Larry, such as in "Oh yi yi yi . . . youki biggi mooki, Cousin
Larry!" but it is meant in an exasperated sense, not in a critical sense.
Mooki, if you'll recall, was the brother who foolishly let too much time pass
before he would make amends with his brother, Grinki (it's not clear if this
Mooki is the same Mooki who is the oldest man on Mypos).
oh doy yoy yay" - a basic greeting used to say hello
Chants and Rituals
Ditty - the song you must sing while making bibbibabkas
to make sure they are created at the right pace . . . speeding up the production
of bibbibabkas can be hazardous to your eyebrows.
When you rolling
out the dough, just make sure you roll it slow;
If you make the dough too quick,
bibbibabka make you sick;
When you pour the filling in, just make sure you wear
when you smile on what you bake, bibbibabka turn out swell."
the last line rhymes in Myposian but not in English. We've never heard the
bibbibabka ditty in its original Myposian)
ho hoo ho ho hoo ho - the Myposian Litany of Hope, sometimes used
when the Litany of Truth fails; to be performed while banging a brush against
various parts of your body.
(start with a loud haoaoaoaoao)
Elefday, ho hoo ho ho hoo ho,
Elefday, ho hoo ho ho hoo ho,
Elefday, ho hoo ho ho hoo ho,
Elefday, ho hoo ho ho hoo ho.
(repeat as necessary)
She's a Jolly Good Fellow - in Myposian
Ipepita irinki, halla hop chop yop yop,
Ipepita irinki, halla hop chop yop yop,
Ipepita irinki, halla hop chop yop yop,
Aynel . . . och viddi voy poy . . . dimina babbasticki.
Hodgi Bodgi Bam Boom - the Myposian Litany of Truth; used to fan a
small ember of truth into a flame.
Bamba stiki ekta kiki iki eke bakoom, oh baby
Eeni pini epapepopokono hodgi bodgi bam boom, your mama
Privert privert steckitina tivert iki eke bakoom, oh baby
Eeni pini epapepopokono hodgi bodgi bam boom, little softer now
(repeat as necessary)
Hongi Bongi - the ritual of purification for wearing the Hat
of a Thousand Quibbles, the official negotiating hat of Mypos (it also makes
one's negotiating hormones kick in).
Hey biggi, yoomba gonga ningi
Gongi fongi hongi bongi iki wiki, oh yeah.
Hongi bongi . . . hongi bongi . . . hongi bongi . . . hongi bongi . . .
Hongi bongi, hongi bongi, hongi bongi ik iki nik
Bang bong bang bong bang bong bang bong
bang bong bang bong bong oh yeah.
Mantle of One Thousand Itches - A torturous device one wears to
punish themselves when they offend someone. Myposian law states the
offender should wear it for one year for every person they've offended.
May be accompanied by the Boxer Shorts of Eternal Chafing.
Mypos Ritual of Promise - The way Myposians make binding promises
. . . once made a Mypiot never, never, never breaks his promise (unless they are
living with Larry Appleton). The ritual is performed by concentrating very
hard and holding your hands to your chest, then moving them to your head before
placing them on the head of the person you are making the promise to, then
running your hands down their face to their chest. One finishes by arcing
your arms in the air.
Nupitiki-SATiki - The Myposian Marriage Test which can determine
whether or not a marriage should take place beyond a shadow of a snout.
Spic 'n Spanakopita - The Myposian Marriage Cleansing Ritual which will
either make a couple compatible or remove the waxy build up from their
linoleum. Involves pouring mud over the participants heads (it should be
noted Balki actually made this ritual up).
Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall - in Myposian
Bitima poki pa betina stook
E bitima poki na stook
E booki tooki, oh po po, looki!
23 bottles of beer on the wall (sung by Jennifer and Mary Anne)
Vingi Vingi Bingi - the Myposian chant for runaway pets. Writing out
the lyrics would be a bit repetitive for this chant (plus we don't want you
ending up with tons of lost pets on your doorstep); let's just say there's a lot
of vingi binging and hoo hah hahing involved.