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Proverb of the day: “The camel climbed the palm tree," they said; “Here is the camel and here is the palm tree,” the others answered قالو الجمل طلع النخلة قالوا أدي الجمل و أدي النخلة

“The camel climbed the palm tree," they said; “Here is the camel and here is the palm tree,” the others answered

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Oct 2015
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قالو الجمل طلع النخلة قالوا أدي الجمل و أدي النخلة

Alu:“el gamal tele’ el nakhla,” “alu: adi el gamalwadi el gammal”

Translation: “The camel climbed the palm tree," they said; “Here is the camel and here is the palm tree,” the others answered.

Meaning: This is one of a genre of sayings that reverberate with the “proof is in the pudding” axiom. One group of people make a curious claim and the audience demand to see verification of the claim. The imagery of camels and palm trees became archaic in most urban settings, and so is the proverb.

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

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

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