Arabic Swear Words: I'm Rusty Shackleford, kelbeh!

I was over reading a post at Blogs of War when I realized that I could swear in at least three languages, but not Arabic! Man, I have been missing out on so much!! *slaps forehead*

How does one decipher a message from a reader calling you ya manache'h without this knowledge? Or, what if you need to pass along a super secret message to your Arab readers about that koos gahba ahbe Wonkette? And if the Chappelle show ever gets syndicated on al Jazeera, you'll definitely need to know what Rick James means when he calls you a kelbeh.

Here is a useful guide for troops about to deploy to Iraq. Might come in useful when some smiling local kanith calls you kwanii right before lobbing a grenade in your direction. Also, when a local barboog asks you, "Aiyz temus?", remember that the going rate is $5-$10 depending on how the sharmoota answers this question, "Bit tifi wela bit tibla'ee?"

What other uses have I found for my new lexicon? Read on.

-Allah to Kos "Elif air ab tizak"

-Goldstein to Europe "Boos zibbi"

-Powerline to the esses (pronounced ess-ehs) "In'a'al mayteen ehlak"
Al Qaeda
to the esses "Aiza ta'mili hagat wiskha ma'aya?"
Esses to al Qaeda "El Khara Dah?"

-Jeff to voters "Kis em ick."

-Dean to Soros "Hak arkab!"

-Micks to Frogs "Yela'an sabe'a jad lak!"

-Hitchens to Democrats "Inta ibn al-Himar."

-Mathew to Wonkette "A tabbub zibby ib teezik."
Wonkette to Mathew "Ok, but it'll cost $50."

Oh, the possibilities are endless!!

Posted by: Rusty at 11:01 AM


1 What's with the download plug-in requiired for that page?

Posted by: Brian B at September 28, 2004 12:12 PM

2 I don't know, I just disconnected from the site and read it offline. I hate those messages.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at September 28, 2004 12:18 PM

3 Here's a site you might find useful!
It's a Swear-saurus with 164 languages.
I once said "salai gaandu" to a street-vendor
in Delhi, and he about jumped over his cart
with a knife! Oops!!

Posted by: -keith in mtn. view at September 28, 2004 01:09 PM

4 John Kerry = Zubra ;)

Posted by: Princess Kimberley at September 28, 2004 01:37 PM

5 If the typical American said just about any of the phrases on that site to an Arab, the Arab would probably scratch his head and ask, "Marra thania?" (Could you say that again?)

Here's my favorite, which is on the list, but not explained or pronounced correctly: Qus (or qoos) oomuk. It's the equivalent for the English phrase for, shall we say, autoeroticism, and literally means "your mother's vagina," or other more insulting synonyms for that particular part of the female anatomy.

Posted by: Boyd at September 28, 2004 03:01 PM

6 Why learn Arabic? Who really gives a damn? These people are destroying the world and destroying us, so why learn their language?

Posted by: firstbrokenangel at September 28, 2004 09:13 PM

7 A'ight, kelbeh: Can you get all your macktastic blogpimp names converted into jawa?

Posted by: Leopold Stotch at September 28, 2004 10:09 PM

8 I take it Kelbeh must mean BITCH!!!



Posted by: firstbrokenangel at September 29, 2004 07:07 AM

9 The list is pretty comprehensive, but essentially useless. There are so many dialects of Arabic that you can't just pull one off the list and make it work. Some are clearly Egyptian, some Iraqi, some North African. It'd be a lot more useful if they indicated regions.

Posted by: John at September 29, 2004 10:54 AM

10 Airey Feek. Kuss Emuck Sharmutta.

Posted by: Ahlex at November 02, 2005 12:31 PM

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