February 26, 2007

Weird Wonderings

so i have been wondering . . .

1- Why when we say "el7mdela welshukur" we kiss our finger and press it to our foreheads?

2- Why when something falls on the ground we say - la7asa elshai6an-?

3- Why when we say "yuma minik" we slide a finger on our cheek ?

4-Why when we say - 7arrah- we grind our fingers or our fist to our palms ?

5- Why when we want to "7areb" someone we slide our finger on our lips?

6- Why when two people say the same thing at the same time they hit eachothers forehead?


sa7 kalam my lovely cuzn sponty

7- Why do we knock on wood to avoid 7asad? shel 7ekmaa?

*and after tafling on papi (3an el7asad esmila 3alaiha) i gotta ask

8- Why do we spit 3an el7asad?

9- Why when we say -malat 3alaich- we put our palm to the persons face?

*conclusion: we have really weird cultural traditions
posted by eshda3wa at 1:48 AM


1 and 2
i duno knw
i like it :p
emm .. maybe also these two actions causes heat
its so obvious.. it means i ll zipped my mouth and not talk with u :)
i hate it
still LAISH?

February 26, 2007 at 2:11 AM  

I just wrote the LONGEST explanations ;s and it decided to VANISH


February 26, 2007 at 3:13 AM  

you forgot knock on wood, or you know that one?!

February 26, 2007 at 10:28 AM  

regarding #6, in Bahrain, when two people say the same thing at the same time they knock on wood first and then hit eachothers forehead!

hahah.. :p

February 26, 2007 at 11:29 AM  

Let's see..

1. It is somehow cultural (nafs lama eyabbiboon y3abroon 3an far7at-hom)

2. They came up with this myth to so children wont eat what falls on the ground, you can't tell them it's not good for their health and that's when they came up with (la7as-ha-alshai6an) story. You know children they are. They would never just accept "No!"

3. You slide a finger on your cheek so one eye would look bigger than the other, I guess that's what liars look like in cartoons.

4. Ya3ni ti67ineen galbhom

5. I suppose children like to communicate more using signs rather than saying words. It's easier.
So the (m7arbetich) move causes stronger reactions and it's kinda fun doing it slowwwwwly and watching them beg for forgiveness.

6. They rush to any wooden thing to touch so they'd get married first.

Funny culture.

February 26, 2007 at 12:31 PM  

ya know they are weird ..
but mafee sbb coz 5la9 ppl do it o a7na t3awda 3alehom thats why :D

February 26, 2007 at 1:50 PM  

when we were kids oo kena net7arab (fel yoom yemkin 20 times etha moo akthar) yea we'd have our finger slowly slide on our mouth threatening ely ben7arba lol

February 26, 2007 at 2:08 PM  

Laish la? :P

February 26, 2007 at 3:14 PM  

heat? wala valid explination
bs still asking Laish

LaAaAaaAaa u mite hold all the answers! plz repost it!!

i dont! just updated, merci :*

which makes it weirder n still dosent explain the reason behind it! lol

1. madre there has to be a convincing reason towards the origin, how n why it started.
2.that totally makes sence ( esmila 3alaich 3aini 3alaich barda *tiff tiff*)
which brings me to WHY do we spit! hatha lazim re update! makan feeh cartoons when ths was invented!
4.that makes sence too(tiff again)
6.still dosent explain it! (tes7ab tafla)

la ya5y akeed fe an explination behind that tradition (other than the fact our ancestors are weird)

i know we used to do the samething lol, and it worked, bache bache! oo net9ala7 with the pinky!

ya salam 3alaik! 3afarem ;Pp

February 26, 2007 at 4:03 PM  

[6- Why when two people say the same thing at the same time they hit eachothers forehead]
<<< Hathy Ma9arat ;P 9ara7a awal mara asma3 feha..

and for the rest.. LAISH ?! ur conclusion is the only thing that makes sense ;P

February 26, 2007 at 5:25 PM  

it is a real pity i don't read or understand arabic cos this entry would have totally interest me.

but with regards to touching wood, i think it symbolises different things in different cultures. from my understanding, you touch wood when you say something nice about something or someone to prevent jinxing it.

February 26, 2007 at 5:55 PM  

Interesting! I dont know half the stuff!! all i know is touching wood and the running pinkie on lips when you say you dont wanna be friends anymore...

lol.. i guess I'm as far detached from culture as could ever be!

but... interesting questions...

February 26, 2007 at 6:04 PM  

(Sponty growls) PENNSYLVANIA!!!

hehe had to do it =}

wow walla people analyzing and everything, I guess they just had so much free time back in the days that's all =}

February 26, 2007 at 7:51 PM  

You have os many people commenting on your post, I really don’t feel like reading them to see if what I’m about to say has already been said. I don’t want to be redundant so just ignore the following if it has been stated previously. (I just typed a paper, hence the lame partially formal language).
The statements listed above fall under three categories:
6+8 = that’s when your barbarian instincts come out, cause regular civilized people don’t do that.
1+2+3+4+5+9 = most if not all of these statements include hand gestures or physical actions. So its either, so that even if you’re deaf you would know what I’m talking about, or for children so that they would get some action along with the verbal statement. Just like flashing the middle finger is understood to be offensive, the signals you stated above are used to mean something. Also when you smile and nod to show you’re satisfied means the same thing as “yes thanks, the food is superb”
7 = I personally think ino wood is the safest material. I mean if you were about to drown in the middle of the ocean, and you just happen to find a log, that piece of wood would save your ass. Also I heard I don’t know if its true, if you are slightly electrocuted, hold wood, and it will save your ass too. Though knocking on wood 3an il 7asad is probably just an old wives’ tale.
Now that I’m done typing out of my ass, let me know when you find more convincing answers :)

February 26, 2007 at 8:17 PM  

but seriously you should stop spitting yala wa9khaaaaaa!

February 26, 2007 at 8:19 PM  

heres one, but i think its mostly a guy thing,....

when i get a haircut they go "naeeman!",.... which is fine now, but when i was younger we used smack, really smack, the guy on the back of their neck.

i never understood that one,.. but had fun smacking people on the back of their neck anyway :D

February 26, 2007 at 8:43 PM  

hmmm i do none of those, except rgw knock on wood bit sometimes.. so i dunno.. ;)

February 26, 2007 at 10:11 PM  

ya5y after reading the update etla5bt6 :S

bs mn jd u said our ancestors are werd ppl :P

February 26, 2007 at 10:31 PM  

9ij wala? awal marah tsm3een? feh hitting on the forhead, pulling the other persons hair, o touching the color red.
the more i think about it, the weirder it seems!

i wanted to translate it for u, butt im really bad at arabic to english- english to arabic thing, plus some of the things are unexplainable!
sorry :)

yes u r!
and im looking for interesting answers!

<--- touches ur forehead
u growl now?
<-- kisses finger puts it on her forehead

look at u writing long comments nn being analitic n soundin sophisticated
oo shino ma atafel! lazim 3an el7asad ahoo!
ill let u know if i get answers

ee i know et6egoon afa! now u added to my weird list and not provided answers to the ones already there!

we do these things out of habit, but dont u ever wonder how it started?

February 26, 2007 at 10:37 PM  

This is my first comment in this blog! I hope that am welcomed here :)

it seems that this post is a consequence of boredom :). However, these are really interesting weird wonderings; I never thought of them! and i don't have any answer for any of them

February 26, 2007 at 10:54 PM  

BeeBoOoo ya ba3ad galbe wallah :**
ya5y min jad they are weird!

ofcourse ur welcome anytime

it came out of boredom and a distraction from my surgury bookx
sometimes i would amaze myself at the things i come up so i dont study:)

February 26, 2007 at 11:12 PM  

Its because we're all nutz.

February 27, 2007 at 2:21 AM  

very nice post eshda3wa...I thought of about it too....and figured we only did what u mentioned when we were kids...ya3ni 7arakat yahal :D
and its so cute...all of it...and innocent wallah....good old days

but about the knock on wood one...not only we do Irish friend says they do it too @@
to prevent the evil eye from catching the one we are flattering......I thought it very interesting...ya3ni mo bas e7na....check makes me it really make a difference if we knock on wood or not??

adri hathaar 3alich wayed i am gonna stop now :D

February 27, 2007 at 4:43 AM  

sheno hatha ana sayra badleyaat central

check= which
do= does

and if there is more u fix them :P

February 27, 2007 at 4:45 AM  


February 27, 2007 at 6:59 AM  


February 27, 2007 at 11:49 AM  

el 7asad stuff is all superstition crap that is just on our heads :)

February 27, 2007 at 12:31 PM  

I guess I'm powerless to answer the most part of these questions for some reasons, my dear Arab blogger :P

But all these symbols/signs we got long-long time ago. We are animals, too :)

February 27, 2007 at 2:04 PM  

Yah in U.A.E we have some of these 2, but i never thought about them!! Interesting subject and as i think that pple came up with these cultural things from their daily life.

February 27, 2007 at 3:21 PM  


hala o ghala! ee i think the knock on wood is very common, bs its weird the way we do things and not know the reason behind em!
oo kilish mo wayed, next time make em longer!

it is... know any reason behind any of em?


ok so what about the rest?

Hello dear, like i said were all weird!

February 27, 2007 at 3:21 PM  

miss dolls
u can post no! yaY!

February 27, 2007 at 3:33 PM  

T9adgeen ma 3mry fakart feha.

February 27, 2007 at 3:58 PM  

lol i have NO clue bes shakla u got ur answers already :P

February 27, 2007 at 6:30 PM  

no worries at all, my friend.

still a very enjoyable read. :)

February 27, 2007 at 6:52 PM  

law kan lihum ma3na chan ma saraw traditions chithe :P

February 27, 2007 at 11:31 PM  

cool collection of wonderings
any satisfaying answers so far? :)

February 28, 2007 at 1:50 AM  

la walla madri...
dude they're killing us emti7anaat hni :/

February 28, 2007 at 8:53 AM  

yala start thinking tell me if u come up with anything

i didnt! still waitin for some

thank u !

akeed they hold some sort of meaning even if it dosent make sense

white wings
no not really, i need a really old grama that was there when these were actually invented to get an answer, but i still didnt encouter one thats alive let alone blogs!

inta qalabt 3alay elmawaj3,just saw some of my grades, and apart from general med. they are not very satisfying, i have to say that from all the years of my education,starting from preschool 4rth year dental school is by far my worst, now im having doubts im gna pass at all, and getting addicted to blogs aint helpin, i should be eating my damn books now!
so good luck to u, i hope u do way way waaaaay better than iam doing rite now

February 28, 2007 at 2:07 PM  

اهم شي لما تقولين حررره الحركه بروحها تحرررر هههههههههههههههه

February 28, 2007 at 4:20 PM  

okay i think we should do a whole episode of what you have up there!!!
eshda3wa is Deera Chat's inspiration ... nice post

February 28, 2007 at 9:13 PM  

i like this post.. after reading this, i have to agree with you.. we got weird cultural tradtions!

February 28, 2007 at 10:24 PM  

yes it does like papi said chinich te67neen galb ele et7reena

YAY! yala do an episode oo provide me with answers! cant wait to hear it!

yes we do

March 1, 2007 at 2:20 AM  

Good point(s). :/

March 1, 2007 at 10:18 AM  

أسئلتك حلوة

بس ليش مدري؟

وأحلى شي حركة الحرّة

تؤدي نفس الغرض

March 1, 2007 at 11:17 AM  

lol "weird" wonderings were truely enjoyed! keep on wondering :D

March 1, 2007 at 3:23 PM  

Lol eshda3wa ur funny:P love u even though u havnt talked to me since u saw the link:P babe me wav woo big much :***

Sarsparella *aka* BritishBItch

March 1, 2007 at 9:04 PM  

dude... ma a7eb el amalgam :P

March 2, 2007 at 1:40 AM  

the criticizer

ee i know!

l's brain
hehe, i will
glad u enjoyed em

i still need time to absorb, but i havent been avoiding u on purpose
were good babe always
loooove u

ee me 2222 kan im3athebne! ew ew..
elyoom sawait my first glass ionomer, very proud of it. bs 7aram the guy was like 70 yrs old and he CRIED he actually cried when he saw the injection, ygoole hes afraid... kesar khaa6ree!

March 2, 2007 at 2:23 AM  

walaah wayed 7arakaat 3'arebaa ensaweyhaa mannadree laish 9art bs alnaas sawat'haa oo albajee gamaw eygaldoon

March 2, 2007 at 4:26 AM  

interesting post! lilasaf ma3arif ilanswers but tara 7ata ilgreeks spit 3an il7asad:p

March 2, 2007 at 4:50 AM  

lol maskeen... mayenlaam el injection akbar min wayhi...
so what tooth did you restore?

March 2, 2007 at 5:47 AM  

long answer: needs a lottt of research, historical studies and maybe some psycho-analysis

short answer: ppl are just weird :-)

March 2, 2007 at 8:23 AM  

Ana Kuwaitiya bs I don't do any of those. And yes, I don't do them because they are weird!

March 2, 2007 at 10:41 AM  

true, so its time for us to solve the mystery!

ba3ad el greeks! now i really wana know!

lower canine :) 3ndah gingival caries oo 7ade kint khayfa asawe pulp exposure, bs el7mdelah 3adat 3ala khair.
i tried to calm him down hes like wait i need to pray! wa3alaya ma kan wede aqeza be mo imkhalene i work ygoole it hurts.
elashkal ele ymroon 3alay 3jbah!

mo ana too lazy to do the reaserch myself, gelt mabe some of u will do it instead ;)

i do all of em, cz yes i am weird :)

March 2, 2007 at 2:29 PM  

You forgot another one.. if you yawn without covering your mouth.. Satan pees in it hehe i always personally thought Satan had better things to do... I'm sorry but i think la7sat ilshai6an and anything relating to Satan that wasn't mentioned in the Quran is simply a scare tactic by parents to refrain the child from doing something socially unexceptable or unhygenic. Too bad now adays kids are most likely more threatened by suspension of cell phone privileges :P

March 3, 2007 at 6:16 PM  

red blooded woman
loool sa7 sa7
satan just dosent seem to cut it these days :)

March 3, 2007 at 6:35 PM  

What do you say when you see one magpie on the road? ...or two...or three ....and why?

March 5, 2007 at 1:47 AM  

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