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Proverb of the day: The white midi would be of value on a black day

The white midi would be of value on a black day.

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Apr 2015
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    الميدى الابيض ينفع في النهار الاسود 

El-midi el-abyad yenfaa fil nahar el-eswed

Translation: The white midi would be of value on a black day.

Meaning: Save for a rainy day. There is not much known about the midi, a coin that came into circulation around Ottoman times and disappeared in the nineteenth century. In current parlance, you'll hear the same saying with the word "qersh" replacing the midi. A midi, a fraction of a French franc, could buy a meal perhaps.

Source: ُEgyptian proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center For Translation and Publishing, 1986)  by Ahmed Taymour Pasha, 

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 

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