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Arab idioms

From:Fabian <rhialto@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 24, 1999, 17:22
A few I came across while browsing a book on colloquial Arabic that just
happened to be lying around the house. The book is old - teh price tag is
twelve shillings and six pence!

ya gemel el-bet - O camel of the house [women's cry wailing for teh dead
master of a house]

el-hamdu li-llah - praise be to god [standard rsponse to 'how are you?']

itwakkil - commend yourself (to god) [go away]

Three different possessive particles, plus a fourth using apposition.

a door of wood (composed of)
a house of John's (owning)
a book of John's (carrying)

And one other whioch also means 'carrying'.

Coming soon: the "at the shop" dialog from "Colloquial Arabic", including
"bartering for beginners"!

If a flying horse ye see, mock ye not if it stays up not.